The Tory floor in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh has been evacuated after “suspicious packages” were found, it has been reported. Two fire and rescue appliances, along with several specialist units, have been called to the scene.

A Scottish Parliament spokespersons tweeted: “An incident has occurred and the MSP building at Holyrood has been evacuated. Staff are working to assess the situation.”

According to the Mirror, a suspicious substance was found in a letter sent to an MSP’s office.

Edinburgh Police has confirmed it is responding to an ongoing incident. The alarm was raised just after 11.30 local time.

“Police in Edinburgh responded to the Scottish Parliament at around 11.35 am on Tuesday November 7 following the discovery of a suspicious package,” the force said in a statement.

“The building has been evacuated as a precaution and inquiries are continuing.”

According to the Sun, a member of staff in the office of Conservative Highlights and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston opened an envelope, which was found to contain white powder. There were reportedly two further envelopes which appeared to be from the same sender, which were not opened.

These were believed to have been sent to Tory MSPs Liz Smith and Edward Mountain.

People were initially evacuated from the Tory floor of the four-storey MSP block, followed by other floors.

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