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Rishi Sunak reported to police for comments about Nicola Sturgeon

Rishi Sunak has been reported to the police for comments he made about Nicola Sturgeon during his Tory Party conference speech.

The prime minister cracked a joke about the former first minister as he addressed the Conservatives in Manchester on Wedenesday.

But now Mr Sunak has been reported to Police Scotland for his swipe at the former SNP leader who is subject to a live police investigation.

Ms Sturgeon, who stood down from her government role in February, was arrested and questioned by police in June as part of an investigation into the SNP’s finances.

She was later released without charge and has denied any wrongdoing, but the case, which is part of Operation Branchform, is still ongoing.

Chris McEleny, the general secretary of the rival pro-independence Alba Party, has reported Mr Sunak to the force accusing him of committing contempt of court.

Mr McEleny filed his complaint and told Sky News he has asked officers to investigate.

He said: ‘The prime minister is commenting on, and making an assumption about a live Police Scotland investigation.

‘Operation Branchform is investigating serious matters of the upmost importance to the people of Scotland.

‘It is too important a matter to allow interference from the prime minister in this act of contempt when many people await the facts of Police Scotland’s investigation.

‘Operation Branchform should be free to pursue its investigation fearlessly without interference from Rishi Sunak.’

During his speech at the conference, Mr Sunak had said: ‘There is another family that matters to us all. Our family of nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

‘Today, our union is the strongest it’s been in a quarter of a century. The forces of separatism are in retreat across our country.’

Ms Sturgeon was arrested after the detentions of party treasurer Colin Beattie and former party chief executive Peter Murrell, who is also Ms Sturgeon’s husband.

They were also both released without charge.

Police had searched the SNP headquarters and Ms Sturgeon and Mr Murrell’s home as part of the investigation earlier this year.

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