SNP MP accepted flights and hotel stays from company accused of multi-million pound gold fraud


An SNP MP accepted flights and luxury accommodation from an Indian jewelery company later accused of multi-million pound gold fraud.

Martyn Day took the donation for him and his wife worth £650 from Goodwin Jewelers in Mumbai to attend an event while on vacation.

Months later, the company’s owners were accused of leaving hundreds of investors out of pocket after stores across India closed without warning.

Sunilkumar and Sudheerkumar Akkarakaran – who also opened a UK branch of their business – were arrested and a bail request was refused in December 2020.

A Labor source said: ‘This is yet another example of an SNP MP accepting hospitality from questionable sources. It is unclear what Mr. Day’s voters will have gained from his joy in India.

Martyn Day outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

Goodwin Jewelers paid the Member of Parliament for Linlithgow to fly from Mumbai to Trivandrum and provided accommodation in Mumbai for Day and his wife from August 18 to 21, 2018. Day’s Register of Interests states: “This was agreed as part of ‘A detour on a family holiday, the purpose of which was to discuss with the donor, other businesses and volunteers about business opportunities in the UK and charity work related to the Kerala floods.

In 2019, Goodwin Jewelers closed its network of stores, leaving customers stranded. Hundreds of people are said to have invested around £3 million in his gold investment scheme.

Companies House records show the Akkarakaran brothers founded Goodwin Jewelers in the UK in 2018, but the business dissolved in January last year. There is no connection between Goodwin Jewelers in Mumbai and Goodwins Jewelery in Edinburgh.

Day, 51, also visited Qatar on an £8,000 trip in 2021 paid for by the Arab state’s royal family. He said it was to discuss World Cup workers’ rights and Qatar’s political response to the Afghan crisis.

In 2016 he agreed to a £4,600 trip to the Maldives.

A spokesperson for Day said: “Martyn has undertaken charity work to support flood victims in Kerala. This visit allowed him to see the flood relief efforts and was covered by the media and recorded.

Last week we revealed how SNP MP Angus MacNeil took part in two junkets in controversial World Cup host Qatar.


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