Welcome to dwell protection of Alex Salmond’s eagerly awaited appearance earlier than a committee of MSPs investigating the Scottish authorities’s botched inquiry into complaints towards him.
Our Scotland editor, Severin Carrell, has a helpful information to the key questions Salmond is likely to be asked.
There’s additionally a useful explainer to the controversy here.
Salmond’s closing submission to the committee, by which he makes a sequence of explosive allegations against the Scottish government, is available here.
There’s a lengthy solid listing of characters which can be prone to come up within the committee listening to. These are a number of the key names:
Peter Murrell, Sturgeon’s husband and chief govt of the SNP.
Leslie Evans, everlasting secretary to the Scottish authorities.
Geoff Aberdein, former chief of workers to Salmond.
Liz Lloyd, chief of workers to Sturgeon.
James Wolffe, QC, lord advocate.
Judith MacKinnon, HR specialist and investigating officer.
Barbara Allison, former director of individuals for the Scottish authorities.
It can divided into 4 phases:
Part 1 – Improvement of the coverage
This can discover Salmond’s grievance that the federal government’s rulebook on dealing with complaints modified in 2017 to incorporate former ministers. He claims this was carried out intentionally to permit complaints towards him to be prosecuted
Part 2 – Complaints dealing with
Salmond alleges that the investigation officer, Judith MacKinnon, had common contacts with the ladies making complaints of sexual harassment towards Salmond previous to an inner investigation. He additionally claims that the everlasting secretary to the Scottish authorities, Leslie Evans, who established how the complaints must be dealt with additionally had common undisclosed contact with the complainants. He says this breaches pure justice.
Part 3 – Judicial assessment
Salmond denied the allegations and efficiently took the Scottish authorities to courtroom over its dealing with of the complaints, profitable a judicial assessment. The federal government admitted in courtroom that its dealing with of the complaints had been “tainted by obvious bias”. Salmond was additionally cleared of 13 fees of sexual assault towards 9 ladies in a trial final March.
Part 4 – Scottish ministerial code
A separate inquiry led by QC James Hamilton is whether or not Sturgeon broke the ministerial code. However the MSPs can even study whether or not Sturgeon misled the Scottish parliament on when she knew of allegations towards Salmond.