The Treasurer of the Scottish National Party has sensationally resigned from his role claiming he had not received the support or financial information necessary from party officials to do the job.
Chapman, who took on the role last year, posted a statement on Twitter confirming that he was stepping down with immediate effect.
“Despite having a resounding mandate from members to introduce more transparency into the party’s finances, I have not received the support of financial information to carry out the fiduciary duties of National Treasurer,” the MP for Dunfermline and West Fife claimed.
Deputy First Minister of Scotland John Swinney insisted he did not know what had prompted the resignation on Sunday and denied suggestions that the police were investigating the whereabouts of £600,000 of party funds raised by SNP activists that was supposed to be ring-fenced for a second independence referendum campaign.
The Times reported last month that the lump sum had been absent from the party’s published accounts, fuelling claims the money has been misspent. The SNP responded to the allegation that the absence of the funds had triggered a police investigation by calling the rumour “part of an ongoing dirty tricks campaign and, like most conspiracy theories, utterly baseless.”
“Not to my knowledge, no”, replied Mr Swinney when asked on Sunday if the party’s finances were under police investigation.
The Conservatives took full advantage of the PR nightmare, with the party’s chief whip north of the border, Stephen Kerr tweeting: “Much like Stirlingshire this morning, a bank of mist has fallen to obscure the truth of the SNP’s finances. They hide information from their own MPs and their own members.
“What chance do you think the people of Scotland have of getting the truth about how they spend our money?”