Nicola Sturgeon reminded 'you're on trial here' in tense hearing slapdown

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Nicola Sturgeon reminded 'you're on trial here' in tense hearing slapdown

The SNP leader has been giving evidence to a Holyrood committee investigating claims there was a "malicious and concerted" attempt to see her prede

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The SNP leader has been giving evidence to a Holyrood committee investigating claims there was a “malicious and concerted” attempt to see her predecessor Alex Salmond removed from public life. Nicola Sturgeon strongly denies allegations from Mr Salmond that she repeatedly broke the ministerial code in her handling of the sexual harassment complaints against him and also misled Parliament. Facing a grilling from MSPs on Wednesday, the First Minister was told in blunt terms the seriousness of the claims levelled against her.

Scottish Conservatives Margaret Mitchell was quick to remind the First Minister that she was “on trial” during a tense hearing.

Ms Mitchell said: “Can I remind you, Alex Salmond is a key witness to this inquiry.

“He is not under trial your actions are.

“If you could focus on that, that would be much appreciated.”

 

Margaret Mitchell also accused the First Minister of obstructing the Committee in their Alex Salmond investigation, a claim Ms Sturgeon denied.

The Conservative MSP said: “The Government knew exactly what information we required and had already provided some of it.

“Despite this, in December last year, 288 complaint handling documents were sent to this committee asked for 6 months before.

“Generally we have faced delay, obstruction, obfuscation and still not received some information that is crucial to our enquiry.

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon claimed she had not obstructed evidence during questioning

“I am not aware of what you are referring to that is in the Government’s control, that you still feel we haven’t handed over. I am sure there will be attempts made to rectify that.”

In her opening statement to the committee, Ms Sturgeon apologised for an error on the part of the Scottish Government in how it handled allegations made against the former First Minister.

She said the case had “failed two women” and apologised for the taxpayer money used. Beginning the hearing, she insisted the decisions made were legally sound and would work to demonstrate that during the session. 

Ms Sturgeon said: “Although I was not aware of the error at the time I am the head of the Scottish Government so I want to take this opportunity to say sorry to the two women involved and to the wider public.”



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