Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy faces devastating No Confidence Vote in days – SNP crisis erupts

The Tories submitted a motion of no confidence in the Deputy First Minister over the Scottish Government’s refusal to hand over legal advice relating to Alex Salmond’s successful legal challenge of the government’s harassment complaints procedure, which led to the former first minister being awarded more than £500,000. In a statement this afternoon, the party said it will hold the vote either on Tuesday or Wednesday subject to the decision of the Holyrood parliamentary bureau.

Initially, the motion was submitted earlier this week with the vote prompting the Scottish Government to release the legal advice in stages.

However, the legal advice revealed the Scottish Government’s Counsel warned that the case was “more likely to fail than succeed” on 31 October and “the least worst option” would be to concede on 6 December. 

But the Scottish Government insisted on fighting the case and did not concede until January 8.

After consideration by the party, Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross said Mr Swinney’s “position has become untenable” over the matter. 



He added: “He claimed that the documents showed the government did not ignore advice from counsel, which was contradicted by the very documents he published.

“John Swinney’s position has become untenable. He has disrespected the Scottish Parliament repeatedly, blatantly withheld evidence from a parliamentary inquiry and tried to mislead the public.

“He has had more than enough chances to be transparent but his actions are getting more murkier and inexcusable as the weeks go on.”

“We are proceeding with the vote of no confidence.”



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