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Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of a forthcoming Commons committee look, simply days after her husband was arrested and charged in connection to the embezzlement of SNP social gathering funds.

The former First Minister was set to reply questions from the Scottish Affairs Committee every week right now, nevertheless right now it was introduced the looks has been pulled.

An announcement by the MP committee stated: “Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance in front of the Scottish Affairs Committee, originally planned for Monday, April 29, has been postponed due to a change in witness availability”.

“Ms Sturgeon has committed to give evidence to the Committee as part of the inquiry entitled Intergovernmental relations: 25 years since the Scotland Act 1998. A new date for the session will be announced in due course.”

A spokesman for Ms Sturgeon stated that she stays comfortable to seem earlier than the committee in future, nevertheless they offered no purpose for her incapacity to attend the session subsequent Monday.

The transfer by the previous First Minister comes after she broke her silence following the charging of her husband by Police Scotland.

Peter Murrell, the SNP’s former chief govt, was charged in connection to the embezzling of funds from his former social gathering on Thursday. Speaking on Friday outdoors the pair’s Ayrshire dwelling, Ms Sturgeon broke her silence when admitting: “It is incredibly difficult, but that is not the main issue here”.

She added: “I can’t say any more, I’m not going to say any more”. Mr Murrell was charged as a part of the police’s ongoing Operation Branchform, which noticed Ms Sturgeon herself arrested in June final yr.

Alongside the previous political energy couple, SNP treasurer Colin Beattie was additionally arrested final yr.

It is known that Police Scotland is investigating whether or not £666,953 of cash raised by the social gathering since 2017 particularly for a second independence referendum was spent as promised.

The social gathering stated: “All sums raised for independence campaigning will be spent on independence campaigning.”

The police at the moment are analyzing whether or not the cash was as a substitute spent elsewhere. Ms Sturgeon has beforehand denied any wrongdoing, insisting: “Money hasn’t gone missing, all money goes through the SNP accounts independently and fully audited.

“Every penny we raise to support the campaign for independence will be spent on the campaign for independence.”