Nicola Sturgeon survives vote of no confidence after Alex Salmond case

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Today at Holyrood, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon survived a vote of no confidence over the government’s handling of complaints against Alex Salmond.

Despite a committee previously finding she miss led parliament over a meeting with Salmond and her handling of the complaints was “seriously flawed”, the majority of MSP’s voted in her favour.

The Scottish Conservatives had been calling for the First Minister to resign since the handling of the sexual harassment case involving Salmond.

However, with The Green’s backing Sturgeon a majority of MSP’s voted to reject the motion, with the outcome being 65 to 31. Both The Lib Dems and Labour abstained.

On Monday, the inquiry which was led by Ireland’s top prosecutor James Hamilton, cleared the FM of all claims she breached the ministerial code. 

Sturgeon said she “may not have got everything right” in her handling of the matter, but stood by her overall judgment on the situation. She also told the opposition parties they would have to wait until the upcoming election on the 6th of May if they wanted to remove her.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the Scottish government would “learn lessons” from the report and has apologised “unreservedly” for their mistakes.

Source: BBC News