THE Chair of the Scottish Police Association has been accused of misleading MSPs over the resignation of one his board members.

Andrew Flanagan, the chief of the Police Scotland watchdog, told the Scottish Parliament’s public audit and post-legislative scrutiny committee, that Moi Ali had not given him advance warning that she was going to dissent at a meeting of the board.

The watchdog chief said she should have let him know in advance as “a professional courtesy.

But Ali took to Twitter to say she would be writing to MSPs to “correct info given by Andrew Flanagan re openness, transparency and my resignation.”

She then added: “I DID tell the Chair I would raise concerns in the public Board. His account at @SP_PAPLS is incorrect.”

The SPA, the oversight body for Police Scotland, has been the subject of criticism in recent months over alleged lack of transparency. Papers for public meetings were previously published days in advance, but are now often released just hours before.

A new “governance framework” also proposed that committees should be held in private.

At the December meeting of the SPA, Ali asked for her opposition to both be made clear in the official minute.

In a letter to Ali, Flanagan suggested she quit the SPA, saying it was normal for “individual board members who wish to share public disagreement" to "consider resigning".

Ali’s resignation is being investigated by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland. Meanwhile, the committee also heard that an accountant brought in from a private firm is pocketing £950 a day to deal with the SPA as they couldn’t find a suitable candidate in the public sector.

SPA chief executive John Foley told MSPs: “It was necessary to bring on board a senior finance person with appropriate skills. I took the action to go around on a trawl around the public sector to see if anyone with seniority and experience was available to do this. There was no availability. I then had to go to the private sector.”