GENERAL ELECTION candidate Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh confirmed the Law Society of Scotland is investigating a matter relating to her previous work as a solicitor.

The society is by law prohibited from confirming or denying whether it is looking into a complaint relating to her work at Hamilton Burns in Glasgow, but she issued a statement, saying the organisation must be allowed to uphold standards without prejudice.

Her comments come after the story appears to have been leaked to a national newspaper just weeks before the vote.

The politician, who was elected to represent Ochil and South Perthshire in 2015, said she was proud of her 17-year career in the legal profession and added: “I am aware that issues have been raised with the Law Society in relation to administrative matters during my time at my former firm.

"The Law Society has a duty to uphold professional standards and they must be allowed to do so without prejudice."

Ms Ahmed-Sheikh kick-started her campaign to get re-elected this week and added: “In the meantime, I’m getting on with fighting this election campaign and seeking re-election to stand up for the people of Ochil and South Perthshire."

It is understood proceedings are at an early stage and it is not known if an outcome will be published ahead of the vote on June 8.