SCOTTISH MP Andrew Bowie has resigned as vice-chair of the Conservative Party, it has been confirmed.

The West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP is choosing to "step back" from his position to focus his time on his consitutents, he said.

However, it comes as the UK Government faces several scandals in recent days, including the "cash for honours" scandal and the Owen Paterson row.

An Open Democracy and Sunday Times investigation found nine of the party’s former treasurers have been elevated to the House of Lords since the Conservatives returned to power in 2010.

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The SNP has now reported the Conservatives to the Met Police.

Meanwhile, former Tory MP Paterson resigned after a Government move to change the way MPs are pubished backfired.

Paterson was found to have broken lobbying rules at Westminster.

Bowie was among the Scottish Tory MPs who voted to help Paterson avoid suspension - despite Paterson being found guilty of breaking the rules.

According to the BBC, Bowie is unhappy with how the Government handled the debacle.

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A spokesperson told the BBC that Bowie's resignation is in no way connected with the events of last week.

Bowie said: “I was honoured to serve as vice-chair of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

“However, over the last few months, I have come to the decision that I need to take a step back from the demands of the role to focus on representing my constituents in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.

“I formally asked the party yesterday if I could step back from my position and I will remain in post until they have found a successor.”