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Scottish Conservative councilor arrested on ‘romantic fraud’ allegations

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A leading Scottish Conservative councilor has been arrested over an alleged love affair.

A leading Scottish Conservative councilor has been arrested over an alleged love affair.

Andrew Polson, who was co-chairman of East Dunbartonshire Council until May and stood for election as a potential MSP for Holyrood, has been released pending further investigation.

His arrest is mentioned in court documents in a separate civil lawsuit being brought by a 68-year-old woman.

The 49-year-old told BBC Scotland he could not comment due to a confidentiality clause attached to this civil proceeding and the content of the claims and counterclaims.

In court filings filed by the woman, she alleges Mr Polson persuaded her to let him manage her finances and used her money to buy property for himself.

She accuses him of betraying her trust and exerting “undue influence” on her.

The woman also claims they had a five-year relationship that ended in 2018 when Mr Polson remarried.

She claims he tried to rekindle their connection in 2021 after she received a major divorce settlement.

As well as his political career, Bearsden South Councilor Mr Polson is also director of Christian community radio station Revival FM. He has appeared in Scottish Conservative campaigns alongside former leader Ruth Davidson, who has now risen to the left of the House of Lords as Baroness Davidson of Lundin.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 49-year-old man has been arrested in connection with fraud and has been released pending further investigation.”

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