Disgraced ex-MP Jim Devine sued by secretary

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THE former secretary of disgraced MP Jim Devine has accused him of vindictiveness and making defamatory statements about her.

Marion Kinley worked as constituency office manager for the Livingston MP before he spent four months in jail for fiddling his expenses.

Ms Kinley has now raised a defamation action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, claiming the politician sought to cover up his actions with “absolutely no regard for what effect it would have on me”.

Outlining the alleged comments, Miss Kinsey claimed it had been said that she was being investigated by the police and Special Branch.

She added: “He also stated I had helped myself to bonus money I was not entitled to, I had stolen significant sums of money while office manager and the reason I did this was because I had a serious gambling addiction.”

She said none of this was true

The hearing continues at the Court of Session.