The Scottish Parliament was evacuated on Tuesday (November 7) after a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) received a suspicious package containing white powder.
“It’s a white powder incident, there were a couple of suspicious packages sent to a Tory MSP,” a source at the parliament told Reuters.
MSPs gathering in Holyrood’s garden lobby after their block is evacuated. pic.twitter.com/MUVjLeTKvp— Alan Jenkins (@ajjenkins) November 7, 2017
In a statement, police said they responded to the parliament at around 11:35 a.m following the discovery of a suspicious package.
“The building has been evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing.”
Alan Smith, a political reporter in Edinburgh, has been present at the scene. In a series of tweets, he says that MSPs and staff have allowed back into the building and that the ‘suspicious packages’ might have been an invite to an awards dinner at Inverness.
There’s some discussion that the suspicious packages may have actually been an invite to an awards evening in Inverness— Alan Smith (@Political_AlanS) November 7, 2017
The Scottish Parliament confirmed the incident was ongoing and police were at the scene.