Starmer turns on Sturgeon: SNP chief MUST resign if she broke code, says Labour leader

Douglas Ross grilled by host on Sturgeon no confidence vote

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Speaking during a visit to Scotland today, the Labour leader said it was “incredibly serious” if the Scottish First Minister was found to have misled Parliament.

He added: “If you’re going to have integrity in the Westminster Parliament or the Scottish Parliament then breaches of the ministerial code in either parliament ought to lead to a resignation.”

After the Holyrood inquiry into the Government’s unlawful investigation of Mr Salmond judged her to have misled parliament, Ms Sturgeon argued the committee’s MSPs had already “made their minds up” before she had given evidence. The Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints voted 5-4 along party lines to come to its conclusion that Nicola Sturgeon gave an “inaccurate account” of a meeting between the pair. 

But Sir Keir accused Ms Sturgeon of hypocrisy over her claims the Alex Salmond inquiry has been partisan in response to the Committee’s findings. 

Sir Keir added: “By making those comments before she’s seen the report, she’s doing the very thing that she’s accusing others of.

“The right thing for her to do is to wait for the report and to read the report – as we all will.

“But to say now, several days beforehand, what she said about the outcome is to do exactly what she’s accusing other people of doing.”

Ms Sturgeon is currently under investigation by James Hamilton QC to establish if she breached the ministerial code.

Ms Sturgeon referred herself after being accused of misleading Parliament over when she knew of the complaints against Mr Salmond.

She previously said she had been told about the allegations by Mr Salmond himself during a meeting in her home on April 2, 2018.

However, it was later found that Mr Salmond’s former chief of staff Geoff Aberdein had met with the First Minister in her Holyrood office four days prior to that, where she was told of the complaints.


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