Scottish National Party chief executive resigns after membership numbers dispute

LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Peter Murrell, said on Saturday that he was resigning with immediate effect after accepting responsibility for a misleading statement about SNP membership numbers. "Responsibility for the SNP's responses to media queries about our membership number lies with me as Chief Executive. While there was no intent to mislead, I accept that this has been the outcome," Murrell said in a statement issued by the SNP. (Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Gareth Jones)