Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. A judicial review found that the Scottish Government’s handling of the complaints against Mr Salmond was biased and illegal and cost the authorities over £ 500,000 (EUR 583,000) in statutory bills to do so. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
The first Scottish minister, Nicola Sturgeon, faces a vote of no confidence next week after a parliamentary committee reportedly found she had misled Parliament.
The committee, which is investigating how Ms. Sturgeon’s administration has handled complaints of sexual harassment against her predecessor, Alex Salmond, will publish its report next Tuesday. It is understood that the Prime Minister misled the committee when she said she did not tell Mr Salmond that she would intervene in the complaints process on his behalf.
The Scottish Conservatives said if Mrs Sturgeon does not resign when the report is published, they will put a motion of censure on Wednesday. Ruth Davidson, who heads the Conservatives in Holyrood, said the position of first minister is untenable.
« If Nicola Sturgeon has a bit of integrity, she should think about her position. She has every opportunity to do the right thing and step back, « she said.
» No prime minister is above the basic principles of honesty and trust. There is no question that Nicola Sturgeon misled Parliament and broken promises to tell the truth. “
A judicial review found that the Scottish Government’s handling of the complaints against Mr Salmond was biased and illegal and cost the authorities over £ 500,000 (EUR 583,000) in legal bills to do so. Subsequently, Mr. Salmond was charged with 13 sex offenses and acquitted on all counts following criminal proceedings.
He alleges that numbers surrounding Ms. Sturgeon were part of a malicious effort to destroy his reputation. He informed the committee that during a meeting at her home on April 2, 2018, the first minister offered to intervene on his behalf, which she has repeatedly denied.
The committee has four members from the Scottish National Party (SNP ) and five members of the opposition. A spokeswoman for Ms. Sturgeon said she stood by every word of her evidence to the committee and blamed its opposition members for using unsubstantiated claims and compromises to harm the first minister.
« From the Tories’ actions a few weeks ago When they announced plans for a motion of confidence, before they had even heard evidence from the first minister, it became clear that this committee was never a serious exercise for them in studying on behalf of women making complaints of sexual harassment – it always worked just about politics, ”he said.
Former Irish Attorney James Hamilton is conducting a separate investigation to see if Ms. Sturgeon has breached the Ministerial Code, which is expected to be reported next week. Ms. Sturgeon heads an SNP minority administration that governs with the support of the Greens, who also support Scotland’s independence.
Green leader Patrick Harvie announced on Friday that his party would not support a vote of no confidence in the first minister when he condemned the committee of inquiry as a farce by publishing his own report.
“There were serious questions that had to be answered by this committee. That is why we supported its creation, but it is clear that a number of committee members have absolutely no interest in establishing the facts or creating a supportive environment for women to raise complaints, « he said.
« Instead, they bought their way into Alex Salmond’s conspiracy hook, cord and sinker in hopes of securing a political scalp. »
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