Nicola Sturgeon slammed for ‘catastrophic failings’ as MP demands her resignation
Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Tory says SNP leader ‘should resign’
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Speaking to talkRADIO, Murdo Fraser insisted Nicola Sturgeon should resign after being found to have misled Parliament by the Holyrood committee. He said Sturgeon’s “Government has been responsible for catastrophic failings” and added, “she should also step down because she has misled the committee and misled Parliament”. He argued that despite independent QC James Hamilton clearing her of breaching the ministerial code the ultimate decision was down to the committee.
The Scottish MP said: “Nicola sturgeon should resign and she should resign for two reasons.”
He explained: “She should resign firstly because her government has been responsible for catastrophic failings in relation to the handling of complaints against the former first minister and her former boss Alex Salmond” he added “complaints which were made by two women who have been very badly letting down by this whole process.
He also went on to emphasise the major role the committee plays in the inquiry.
The MP said: “She should also step down because she has misled the committee and misled Parliament”
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The Scot highlighted a key aspect of Hamilton’s report which states that it is up to the Scottish parliament to decide whether they were misled by Sturgeon.
Fraser added: “What he (Hamilton) says is that her explanation in relation to meeting she held with Alex Salmond would be greeted with suspicion, even scepticism by some but is not impossible.
“That’s not a ringing endorsement of Nicola Sturgeon’s version of events.”
He concluded that “in our view” and in “the committees view, we were misled.”
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The Committee said in their report that Ms Sturgeon’s written evidence was “an inaccurate account of what happened, and she has misled the Committee on this matter” over when she first knew about Harassment Complaints against the former Scottish First Minister.
The report stated: “The Committee notes that there is a fundamental contradiction in the evidence in relation to whether, at the meeting on 2 April 2018, the First Minister did or did not agree to intervene.
“Taking account of the competing versions of events, the Committee believes that she did in fact leave Mr Salmond with the impression that she would, if necessary, intervene.”
The Committee said it was a “potential breach of the Ministerial Code under the terms of section 1.3.”
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Ms Sturgeon previously said she had been told about the allegations by Mr Salmond himself during a meeting in her home on April 2 2018.
She instructed top QC James Hamilton, who is Irish, to independently investigate the case.
His report which came out yesterday cleared the First Minister by stating she did not knowingly break the Ministerial Code.
Sturgeon is now looking ahead to fight the upcoming Scottish elections on 6th May.
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