Nicola Sturgeon ‘should take the rap’ after ‘public money wasted’ on conduct inquiry

Nicola Sturgeon should ‘take the rap’ says Murdo Fraser

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Speaking to Scotland’s The Nine, Scottish Conservative MP Murdo Fraser, who sat on the Holyrood committee which found Nicola Sturgeon had misled Parliament, made calls for the First Minister to resign. Venting his disappointment at Tuesday’s no-confidence vote which cleared Ms Sturgeon. the MP said: “Nobody has taken responsibility, nobody has lost their job and nobody has resigned.” He added how there have “catastrophic failures” within Ms Sturgeon’s government and “public money wasted”.

Asked whether his “toes were curling” when colleagues turned to back Ms Sturgeon in the no-confidence vote, the Conservative MP for Mid Scotland and Fife disagreed.

He said: “What we were are doing was standing up for the conclusions of this committee report.”

The Scot added the inquiry saga has been “a catastrophic handling of the judicial review process, public money wasted.”

And he expressed regret that “nobody has taken responsibility, nobody has lost their job and nobody has resigned.”

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He went on to damningly suggest that the First Minister of Scotland is the person “ultimately responsible for the conduct of government”

He added: “And is the one who should take the rap”

Addressing the committee investigation into Sturgeon Murdo Fraser stressed the report “found that the first minister had misled parliament, that was one of the conclusions that the committee had voted on.”

He concluded: “What this report actually finds in a very detailed piece of work that we paid a great deal of study, what it found was a series of catastrophic failures within the Scottish government which badly let down two civil servants who had made complaints against the former first minister.”

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Yesterday MSPs voted 65 to 31 to back the First Minister in a no-confidence vote which means she now will not  

Sturgeon got the backing of the Greens while Labour and the Liberal Democrats abstained from the vote.

The vote came shortly after an independent inquiry by top QC James Hamilton concluded Nicola Sturgeon did not knowingly break the ministerial code.

In response to the chaos that has unfolded over the last three weeks, Ms Sturgeon said while she “may not have got everything right” in her handling of the inquiry into Alex Salmond’s harassment allegations she insisted she “acted appropriately” and made “the right judgements overall”.


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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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