Scottish Parliament Evacuated Over Suspicious Packages

Scottish parliament evacuated

Emergency services attended the scene before police ruled there were no suspicious circumstances.

The Scottish Parliament has been closed.

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

Two additional envelopes were sent from the same sender to Conservative MSP's Liz Smith and Edward Mountain, but they were not opened.

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

"Police in Edinburgh responded to the Scottish Parliament at around 11.35 am on Tuesday November 7 following the discovery of a suspicious package", the force said in a statement.

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

One, containing suspicious white powder, was opened in the office of Jamie Halco Johnston, an MSP for the Highlands and Islands region.

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'No other areas of the campus are now affected and we remain open to the public at present.

"Our incident management team in consultation with the emergency services are reviewing whether further measures are necessary".

"The MSP block is now open and embers and their staff can return to their offices".

The Scottish parliament has confirmed that evacuation, with police dealing with the incident that occurred at 11.30 am local time.

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A Scottish Parliament spokesman thanked "building users for their patience and co-operation".

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