‘I’m not having this briefing sidetracked’: Sturgeon clashes with journalists over Salmond allegations


Nicola Sturgeon complained her latest public briefing on coronavirus was being “sidetracked” by a “conspiracy theory” after she was asked by a journalist about her government’s handling of sexual harassment complaints about Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond.

Her comments came after Tory MP David Davis disclosed messages from a whistleblower using parliamentary privilege that he claims showed there was a “concerted effort by senior members of the SNP to encourage complaints” against Mr Salmond.

Mr Salmond was given a £512,250 payout after a court ruled the Scottish government’s handling of complaints of sexual harassment allegations against him were “unlawful” and “tainted by apparent bias”.

The former Conservative minister told the Commons that the messages present a case “which demands serious investigation” and a “thorough review of all the emails and other electronic records.”

The first minister said she did not want to be drawn on the allegations made by Mr Davis at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing with journalists on Wednesday.


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