Former local Labour party treasurer escapes jail

THE former treasurer of Edinburgh Eastern Labour Party has escaped a jail sentence for embezzling £4600 of constituency funds.

Sunday, 11th September 2016, 10:39 am
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:59 pm
Karen Rennie

Karen Rennie was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay back the money she stole.

Rennie, 53, from Portobello, was treasurer of Edinburgh Eastern - Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale’s local party - for two years.

Up to £10,000 was thought to have gone missing from the accounts in 2014. The following year Labour activists called in police after getting fed-up of waiting for party bosses to investigate. It was later reported that about half the £10,000 had been accounted for.

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Rennie was charged with embezzling £4600 and pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

A Labour spokesman said: “The party was a victim of fraud and we welcome the fact this case has now been resolved.”