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Sturgeon can make ‘huge’ contribution to SNP campaign, says John Swinney

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John Swinney has said that Nicola Sturgeon has a “huge” contribution to make in the SNP’s general election campaign.

The former first minister has kept a relatively low profile since being arrested and later released without charge as part of Police Scotland’s Operation Branchform investigation into £600,000 of SNP funds.

Peter Murrell, her husband and former party chief executive, was charged with embezzlement as part of the investigation.

Colin Beattie, a former party treasurer, was also arrested and released pending further investigation.

Charges have not been brought against Sturgeon or Beattie, and Police Scotland say that the investigation “remains ongoing”.

In May Sturgeon was questioned by journalists on why she had not yet joined Swinney, her former deputy, to campaign for the party as part

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