Scotland’s most senior civil servant has defended her decision to report harassment claims against Alex Salmond to Scotland’s prosecutors against the will of the women involved.
The Scottish Government’s legal battle with Alex Salmond collapsed following a “watershed” meeting in December 2018, newly-released legal advice shows.
Scotland’s most senior law officer, Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, is to be quizzed on who is blocking the handover of crucial legal documents to the Salmond inquiry.
Nicola Sturgeon called for new Scottish Government harassment policy to include former ministers two days after one of Alex Salmond’s accusers met with one of her close aides, it has emerged.
Scotland’s prosecutors have been urged to hand over material obtained in the run-up to Alex Salmond’s criminal trial to MSPs investigating the handling of harassment claims made against the former politician.
Alex Salmond feared publicity about the Scottish Government’s sexual misconduct inquiry would damage a potential return to politics, newly released documents suggest.
The official who led the Scottish Government’s botched investigation into claims against Alex Salmond has become the latest civil servant to apologise for giving misleading evidence on oath.
An inquiry into whether Nicola Sturgeon has broken ministerial rules should be widened to investigate claims she misled Holyrood over meetings concerning Alex Salmond, MSPs have said.
Scotland’s most senior civil servant, Leslie Evans, admitted she knew of rumours about Alex Salmond’s conduct and had discussed his behaviour with her predecessor.
There will be a feeling of deja vu when Scotland’s most senior civil servant, Leslie Evans, returns to the Salmond inquiry, but MSPs are hopeful she will be more forthcoming this time around.
Leslie Evans has said she is “willing” to address claims female civil servants were advised against working alone with Alex Salmond when he was first minister.
Leslie Evans has been reported to the UK’s top mandarin for refusing to comment on claims that female officials were advised not to work alone with Alex Salmond.
John Swinney has claimed it would be “inappropriate” for the Scottish Government to hand over key documents to the Holyrood inquiry into the handling of harassment claims against Alex Salmond.
An investigation into whether Nicola Sturgeon breached the ministerial code of conduct over the handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former first minister Alex Salmond has been kickstarted.