Sturgeon ‘misled Scottish parliament’ in Salmond investigation

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A Holyrood committee has concluded that Nicola Sturgeon misled an investigation into the handling of sexual misconduct claims against her predecessor, according to reports.

MSPs on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints Committee voted 5-4 that the first minister gave an “inaccurate” account of a meeting with her predecessor during the live investigation, a source told the PA news agency.

This would amount to misleading the Scottish parliament.

The decision is likely to increase pressure on Ms Sturgeon to stand down before May’s election, although it is unclear whether the act was deemed a resignation-worthy offence.

A Scottish parliament spokeswoman said the committee, which heard lengthy evidence from Ms Sturgeon two weeks ago, was still considering its report. It is expected to be published in the coming days.

James Matthews, Sky News’s Scotland bureau chief, said the committee said she had given “an inaccurate account of what happened and she has misled the committee on this matter”.

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