Oliver Mundell claimed the First Minister had lied after promising the Scottish Government’s full cooperation with the inquiry into how harassment complaints against Alex Salmond were handled. The Scottish Government launched an internal investigation into harassment complaints against Mr Salmond from two females in January 2018.
However, Mr Salmond launched a legal challenge which led to the Scottish Government admitting the investigation was unlawful.
It resulted in the Scottish Government paying out £512,250 to the former first minister.
The Scottish Government set up an inquiry after into its handling of complaints made against him.
Mr Salmond was also cleared of 13 sexual offences in March at the High Court in Edinburgh separately.
Raising a point of order, Mr Mundell suggested Nicola Sturgeon had misled Parliament when she said the inquiry “will be able to request whatever material they want, and I undertake today that we will provide whatever material they request”, in January last year.
He said: “Will the Presiding Officer ask the First Minister to explain why she lied to Parliament?”
Mr Mackintosh said the issue is being looked at by the committee, and Mr Mundell could raise the matter with the committee or ask the question during parliamentary debates.
But Mr Mackintosh then asked the Tory MSP to “apologise for using the term ‘lied’ in the chamber”.
After being forced out, Mr Mundell added: “Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly told the Scottish Parliament, over and over again, that she would ‘co-operate fully’ with the inquiry and ‘provide whatever material’ was necessary.
“So unless the First Minister provides whatever material the Salmond inquiry requests, as she promised, then she has plainly lied to Parliament.
“Even the SNP MSP in charge of the committee, Linda Fabiani, has accused her own party leader and the SNP government of obstruction.
“Key documents must be released or the Scottish public will never get answers about what happened and how £500,000 of public money was wasted .”
It comes as Holyrood’s Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints has suggested it is facing “obstruction” because of a lack of evidence.
Linda Fabiani MSP, the Committee Convenor said the investigation is being “completely frustrated” because it is still waiting for information from the Scottish Government, SNP chief executive and Ms Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell, and former first minister Mr Salmond.
In response to the claim made by Mr Mundell this afternoon, a Scottish Government spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: “These claims are demonstrably false.
“The First Minister has agreed to personally give evidence to the committee – and as we have made clear, not only is the Government providing all possible material to the committee, we intend to initiate legal proceedings seeking to allow the release of further documents.”
Published at Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0000