Alex Salmond has said there is a failure of leadership in Scotland as he attacked First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In his opening statement to a Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish Government's unlawful investigation of sexual harassment claims made against him, Scotland's former first minister accused his successor Ms Sturgeon of using a Covid press conference to "effectively question the result of a jury".
Mr Salmond is testifying on the botched government investigation which was found to be "tainted by apparent bias" by the court.
He was acquitted of 13 charges of sexual assault in a criminal trial, and he successfully challenged the lawfulness of the government investigation.
The current Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted there was no conspiracy against Mr Salmond, and she is due to appear before the committee to give evidence next week. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she has no regrets about ensuring complaints against her predecessor Alex Salmond were investigated - despite the "difficulties" it has caused. Scottish Conservative Holyrood leader, Ruth Davidson, said: "This sorry affair isn't just tarnishing the First Minister's reputation, it is damaging the institutions that it is her responsibility to uphold." Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Officials have identified the first UK cases of the Manaus variant of coronavirus, a new strain that may spread more rapidly and respond less well to existing vaccines.Public Health England (PHE) said on Sunday that six cases of the concerning P.1 variant first detected in the Brazilian city have been confirmed in Britain, three in England and three in Scotland.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament “if all goes according to plan” the country will move back to the levels system of coronavirus restrictions from April 26, with all council areas moving to Level 3.
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Stay at home restrictions could be lifted in Scotland from April 5, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament. Scotland will then move fully back to the levels system of Covid-19 restrictions from the last week in April "if all goes according to plan".
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Scotland will return to the geographic levels system after lockdown is lifted, Nicola Sturgeon said, as she gave an insight into the country's route out of coronavirus restrictions.The First Minister..
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