‘Serious questions’ facing Nicola Sturgeon, her party and government – Tories

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP and the Scottish Government face “serious questions” over the “national political scandal” leading to the Alex Salmond trial.

Mr Salmond was acquitted of all charges on Monday following an 11-day trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He had been accused of a series of sexual assaults, including one with intent to rape and an attempted rape.

Following the verdicts, Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said: “As we all know, Scotland is dealing with a much more severe challenge today than this high-profile court case.

“That said, there are now some very serious questions facing the SNP, the Scottish Government and Nicola Sturgeon.

“The court case may be over, but for them this is just the beginning.

“Clearly, there is still a lack of information which needs to be fully interrogated, and the Scottish Parliament inquiry will provide that opportunity.

“This remains a national political scandal with profound questions of integrity for the First Minister and her SNP government.

“However, that opportunity must be deferred for the time being while all our efforts and resources concentrate on Covid-19.”