Nicola Sturgeon may have LIED to parliament, says Ruth Davidson

Nicola Sturgeon may have LIED to parliament, says Ruth Davidson

01/10/2021

Nicola Sturgeon may have LIED to parliament over harassment claims against Alex Salmond, says former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson

  • Nicola Sturgeon is facing increasing pressure over claims she misled parliament 
  • Alex Salmond accused her of untrue evidence about allegations against him 
  • Ruth Davidson has demanded she reveals what she knew about the allegations

Nicola Sturgeon is under mounting pressure amid claims she told ‘multiple untruths’ over sexual harassment claims against Alex Salmond.

Scottish Parliament Tory leader Ruth Davidson called on Ms Sturgeon to come clean over what she had known about the allegations.

Scotland’s First Minister has been accused of misleading the Edinburgh parliament over when she learnt of the claims.

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of misleading the Edinburgh parliament over when she learnt of the claims against Alex Salmond

Last week, Mr Salmond accused Ms Sturgeon of giving ‘simply untrue’ evidence to a Holyrood inquiry over when she first knew of the allegations against him

Mr Salmond, her predecessor, was cleared last year of 13 charges against nine women. He also won a judicial review against Ms Sturgeon’s government, with a court ruling that its investigation into him had been ‘tainted by apparent bias’.

But last week, Mr Salmond accused Ms Sturgeon of giving ‘simply untrue’ evidence to a Holyrood inquiry over when she first knew of the allegations against him. He said that as a result, she had broken the Ministerial Code.

Ms Sturgeon has ‘entirely rejected’ the accusation.

But Ms Davidson said yesterday Ms Sturgeon had questions to answer over her conduct and the decision to contest Mr Salmond’s judicial review which left the taxpayer picking up his £512,000 legal bill.

Ms Davidson said: ‘What Alex Salmond has said is that Nicola Sturgeon has misled parliament, which is a resigning offence.

Ms Davidson said yesterday Ms Sturgeon had questions to answer over her conduct and the decision to contest Mr Salmond’s judicial review

‘And he says he can prove it because there were people in the meeting who will back up his evidence. 

‘We are in a situation where either the current First Minister has told multiple untruths to parliament, or her predecessor is lying to a parliament committee under oath.’

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, has conceded that if found guilty of breaching strict conduct rules, Ms Sturgeon would have to quit.

But he added: ‘I believe the First Minister has acted in an honourable way. She is someone I have every faith and trust in.’

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