Breaking: Peter Murrell, the husband of Nicola Sturgeon, has been arrested in connection with the finances of the Scottish National Party (SNP)

A former SNP chief executive has been detained in connection with an inquiry into funding.

Peter Murrell, former chief executive of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the husband of Nicola Sturgeon, has been arrested in connection with an inquiry into the party’s finances. Police Scotland has detained a 58-year-old man and conducted searches at multiple addresses.

The man is currently in custody and is being questioned by detectives. The police will send a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Detectives have sealed off Mr Murrell’s Glasgow residence, where they have erected a police evidence tent.

The SNP stated that it would not be suitable to comment on an ongoing police investigation. However, the party confirmed that it has been fully cooperating with the inquiry and will continue to do so. The party’s governing body, the NEC, recently agreed to conduct a review of governance and transparency, which will be implemented in the following weeks.

During the recent leadership campaign, 58-year-old Mr Murrell resigned from his position as the chief executive of the SNP. Police have been probing the use of funds intended for Scottish independence campaigning. Mr Murrell and Ms Sturgeon tied the knot in 2010.

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