The SNP defended previous justice secretary Kenny MacAskill soon after claims he travelled hundreds of miles among his constituency and lockdown addresses.
MacAskill was keeping in Speyside to be close to relatives at Xmas.
But it emerged he travelled virtually 200 miles to his East Lothian constituency to choose up keys. The SNP also verified he stayed in the Moray property other than for two professional medical-related appointments.
The Courier newspaper also reported he was witnessed strolling shut to Ben Rinnes, close to Dufftown.
A spokesman for MacAskill explained to the paper: “Mr MacAskill has a home in Moray, as very well as a flat in his constituency.
“He returned north right before lockdown to be with close spouse and children at Xmas.
“He has remained there during ongoing lockdown other than two visits for health care-connected appointments.
“On one particular of all those occasions, he attended at his office to gather a set of keys stored there.”
North East Conservative MSP Liam Kerr these days known as for an investigation.
“The SNP have been speedy to protect Kenny MacAskill but individuals deserve a total clarification,” he explained.
“They want to conduct a extensive investigation to establish the entire conditions.
“As an MP and a former justice secretary, Mr MacAskill need to know superior than most about the challenges confronted by our law enforcement officers in the course of the pandemic.”