Scottish Parliament Evacuated after 3 Suspicious Packages Sent to Tory Offices

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Police have evacuated part of the Scottish parliament after an incident said to involve the discovery of a white powder in several packages sent to Conservative MSPs.

People who came into contact with the packages have been examined by medics.

The offices of Liz Smith, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Edward Mountain are now closed off while business continues as usual in the other parts of the building.

The letter addressed to Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro-Johnston was opened in his second-floor office by one of his researchers.

"Normal service at the Scottish Parliament has resumed and the block is once again opened".

Mr Mountain said the invitation was to a Highland council event to mark the Inverness Courier's anniversary.

The parliament's chief executive said only the building housing MSPs' offices had been evacuated while the rest of the parliamentary campus was operating normally.

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Scottish Parliament has been evacuated after three suspicious packages were discovered.

As a precaution the MSP building was evacuated and remains closed.

A spokesman for the parliament confirmed: "The incident involved the discovery of suspicious packages in the MSP building. Parliament staff are working to assess the situation", the Holyrood spokesman said.

Police and firefighters have been sent to the scene of the evacuation. The Parliament's incident management team has been activated.

'This is part of a pre-arranged process put in place, ready to deal with such developing situations'.

"The public are thanked for their patience and support during this matter".

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