Police question Ruth Davidson over postal votes

Ruth Davidson was interviewed over allegations Better Together counted postal votes early. Picture: Neil Hanna
Ruth Davidson was interviewed over allegations Better Together counted postal votes early. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Scottish Tory Party leader Ruth Davidson was yesterday interviewed by police over allegations Better Together campaigners counted postal votes before the referendum ballots closed – breaching electoral secrecy laws

A formal police probe was launched six days ago after Ms Davidson claimed during a TV debate that postal vote “tallies” were being taken in the weeks before ballots closed.

Tory Party sources said the interview was conducted on the basis of her being a witness and that Ms Davidson is not the subject of the investigation – adding there was “no suggestion she was accused of doing anything wrong.”

TV coverage of the referendum night shows Ms Davdison saying Better Together had been encouraged by results from a “sample opening” of postal ballots that had taken place in the weeks before September 18.