Nicola Sturgeon – Scotland’s first minister – is today giving evidence at the inquiry into her government’s unlawful handling of the investigation into alleged sexual assault by her predecessor, Alex Salmond.
Sturgeon has stated that there is not “a shred of evidence” to support Salmond’s claim there was a “malicious and concerted” attempt to see him removed from public life, whilst she has also denied breaching the ministerial code. She has been accused of misleading parliament, a claim that has been corroborated by several witnesses.
Written evidence from former SNP MSP Duncan Hamilton and former SNP communications director Kevin Pringle, contradict Sturgeon’s statements to the Scottish parliament and the written evidence she had submitted to a Holyrood inquiry into the government’s unlawful behaviour.
This comes after many calls for her to resign in recent days, following Salmond giving evidence at the inquiry last week.
The Scottish Conservatives have called for her to step down, as did the new Scottish Labour leader, Anas Sarwar.
Scottish Conservatives leader, Douglas Ross, said;
“[There is] no longer any doubt that Nicola Sturgeon lied to the Scottish Parliament and broke the ministerial code on numerous counts.”
“No first minister can be allowed to mislead the Scottish people and continue in office, especially when they have tried to cover up the truth and abused the power of their office in the process.
“The weight of the evidence is overwhelming. Nicola Sturgeon must resign.”
She has denied any wrongdoing, however, there is a growing voice that appears to accept she had acted wrongly; with Scottish Parliament elections in just two months time, it could deny the Scottish National Party the majority that they crave.