Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and the turmoil inside Scottish politics | Information


The Guardian’s Scotland correspondent, Libby Brooks, discusses the turmoil inside the SNP, with Rachel Humphreys. Today Nicola Sturgeon presents evidence to the Scottish parliament’s inquiry into the government’s managing of problems of sexual assault from Alex Salmond. Sturgeon has been accused by the previous initial minister of perhaps breaking the ministerial code and is matter to a next inquiry that will study this.

Yesterday John Swinney, Scotland’s deputy initial minister, agreed to release his government’s lawful guidance on Salmond’s court docket action following experiencing cross-bash censure in Holyrood. It reveals that the Scottish governing administration was warned by its senior lawyers it confronted defeat in an eventually prosperous lawful action by Alex Salmond. The steering, introduced by Scottish ministers on Tuesday, confirms that their two counsel informed them the revelation that a senior official experienced previously achieved and briefed two complainers from Salmond experienced devastating outcomes for their scenario. There were being even further developments yesterday when evidence from two other witnesses identified as into issue Ms Sturgeon’s version of events. Textual content messages between senior bash and governing administration officers, which Salmond previous Friday claimed indicated that witnesses and the law enforcement were being pressurised to pursue his legal prices in order to overtake the judicial assessment, were being handed more than to the inquiry far too.

Libby looks at the impact this could have on the SNP and its combat for a next referendum on independence. It is just a several months till Scotland heads to the polls. The way the allegations from Salmond have been handled could also have a devastating impact for the #MeToo movement and reporting of sexual assault and rape in Scotland, states Libby.

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon

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