SNP reject expanded Ministerial Code investigation

The SNP Government have rejected calls from the Scottish Conservatives and opposition parties to expand the Ministerial Code probe on Nicola Sturgeon.

The investigation covers Nicola Sturgeon’s involvement in the Scottish Government’s handling of sexual harassment complaints against Alex Salmond.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross demanded the remit be expanded on Sunday, with a cross-party group of MSPs including Scottish Conservatives Murdo Fraser MSP and Margaret Mitchell MSP following up with the same call later that day.

Last week, Alex Salmond claimed the Ministerial Code investigation on Nicola Sturgeon should be widened, citing evidence and witnesses who could prove the code had been breached on numerous occasions.

Scottish Conservative spokesman on the Salmond inquiry, Murdo Fraser MSP, said: “The SNP are blatantly trying to block this investigation because they know it exposes the First Minister.

“Nicola Sturgeon said in Parliament, and Mr Swinney said on television this weekend, that James Hamilton can investigate what he wants but they are now doing everything in their power to prevent that happening by limiting the Ministerial Code investigation.

“These are the actions of a government that clearly has something to hide. If Nicola Sturgeon had done nothing wrong, she would welcome these investigations and make them as broad as necessary.

“Instead, they are shutting down scrutiny in an effort to let the First Minister get away with duping the Scottish public.”

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