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Sturgeon rejects ‘absurd’ claims she ‘plotted’ against Alex Salmond

Written by on 03/03/2021

Nicola Sturgeon has told an inquiry any suggestion she “acted with malice” or “plotted” against her predecessor Alex Salmond is “absurd”.

Addressing a Scottish Parliament hearing in Edinburgh this morning, the first minister said she acted “properly and appropriately” in the handling of harassment claims against her predecessor.

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She said she was “relieved” to be finally giving evidence to the committee, but said: “I feel I must rebut the absurd suggestion that anyone acted with malice or plotted against Alex Salmond.”

Ms Sturgeon said she cared for Mr Salmond “for a long time” and that the situation has been one of the “most invidious” of her life.

But she added that although he was cleared in a criminal trial, Mr Salmond’s behaviour against women was “not always appropriate” and she “tried to do the right thing”.

“A number of women made serious complaints against him,” she said.

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“I have searched my soul many times on all of this. It may be that I didn’t get all of this right.

“But in what has been one of the most invidious, personal and political situations of my life I believe I acted properly and appropriately overall. I made the best judgements I could.”

 Sky News

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