Murrell will give more evidence to Alex Salmond inquiry committee

Neil Pooran, PA Scotland Political Reporter

SNP chief executive Peter Murrell will return to give more evidence to a Scottish Parliament committee on Monday.

Mr Murrell, the husband of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will face the committee looking into the Scottish Government’s handling of harassment complaints made against Alex Salmond.

He last appeared at the committee in December but opposition parties have since raised questions about the evidence he gave.

The Conservatives had threatened to trigger a vote on whether Ms Sturgeon misled Parliament if Mr Murrell did not reappear at the committee.

The committee’s agenda for Monday morning says it will discuss “division between Scottish Government and party political matters”.

Inquiry into Scottish Governments handling of Harassment
Committee convener Linda Fabiani has previously sought clarity from Mr Murrell on his evidence (Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament/PA)

Committee convener Linda Fabiani has previously sought clarity from Mr Murrell on a meeting between Ms Sturgeon and her predecessor Mr Salmond at their Glasgow home on April 2, 2018.

During this meeting, the First Minister was told by her predecessor of complaints of harassment made against him.

Responding to a letter from Ms Fabiani, Mr Murrell said Ms Sturgeon had mentioned the planned meeting the night before it took place.

He wrote: “My recollection is that Nicola mentioned to me on the Sunday evening that Mr Salmond would be visiting the next day, 2 April 2018.

“I have nothing further to add to my written and oral evidence on this matter.”

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