Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has resigned from the Scottish National Party. His resignation comes amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Mr Salmond, who has stepped down after 45 years with the party, says he did so in order to prevent any attack of the party by the opposition or an “internal division” had he been suspended.
Allegations were made by two former Scottish government employees last week that Mr Salmond had sexually harassed them in Bute House in Edinburgh, the official residence of the first minister.
It has been reported that the allegations have been reported to Scottish police.
Mr Salmond has denied the allegations, describing them as ‘patently ridiculous’ and has vowed to rejoin the party once he has cleared his name.
He has also vowed to take the Scottish government to court to challenge the complaints procedure through which these allegations came to light.7
Current SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has expressed ‘huge sadness’ about the situation but has refrained from expressing support for her predecessor, stating that ‘the hard fact remains that two complaints were received by the Scottish government that could not be ignored or swept under the carpet’.