Scottish parliament evacuated after alert over 'package with white powder'

Holyrood and Kezia Dugdale

The Scottish parliament in Edinburgh was evacuated for a short time today (Tuesday) after a suspicious parcel containing white powder was sent to one of the MSP's.

The "suspicious package" which led to Scottish Parliament being evacuated has been confirmed to be event invitations to Tory MSPs.

"The MSP block was evacuated as a precaution, but inquiries have concluded there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident and no crime has been committed".

Tory MSPs Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Edward Mountain were each sent suspect envelopes to their offices, according to the BBC.

"The MSP block is now closed".

Mr Mountain told the state broadcaster the package he received appeared to be an invitation to the Inverness Courier newspaper's 200th anniversary celebration.

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It's not known if any MSPs were inside the building.

The MSP building at Holyrood has been evacuated with staff working to assess the situation.

Speaking to The Guardian, a Holyrood spokesman said it affected the MSPs' area of the parliament building.

"No other areas of the Holyrood campus are now affected and the Parliament remains open to the public at present".

"I would like to thank the Scottish Parliament's staff and the emergency services for their prompt and effective response".

Police and firefighters were called to the scene, but business elsewhere in the parliament continued as normal. About an hour later, they released an additional statement confirming that the incident was "resolved" and that "the MSP block has reopened". The Parliament's incident management team has been activated.

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