Sal­mond sex case: Stur­geon refers her­self to watch­dog

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NI­COLA Stur­geon has re­ferred her­self to a stan­dards panel over three meet­ings with Alex Sal­mond – af­ter he was ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The First Min­is­ter said she met Mr Sal­mond three times and spoke to him on the phone twice af­ter the claims were made against him by two women.

On Tues­day, the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s han­dling of the al­le­ga­tions against the former first min­is­ter was ruled un­law­ful by Scot­land’s high­est civil court.

Miss Stur­geon said the com­plaints made to the Scot­tish Govern­ment last Jan­uary can­not be ig­nored. She said: ‘It is in the in­ter­ests of the women who have com­plained that the on­go­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are al­lowed to con­tinue with­out any risk of prej­u­dice. That must be the pri­or­ity for ev­ery­one.

‘I have acted ap­pro­pri­ately and in good faith through­out, and in com­pli­ance with the Min­is­te­rial Code at all times.’

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive deputy leader Jack­son Car­law said it is time for her to stop ‘dodg­ing’ the is­sue.

He said: ‘Ni­cola Stur­geon’s han­dling of this mat­ter over the last week has been ab­so­lutely abysmal...It strongly sug­gests that the Scot­tish Govern­ment is try­ing to hide the facts in or­der to save the First Min­is­ter’s skin and to­day’s state­ment only adds to that im­pres­sion.’

Mr Sal­mond de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.

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