‘No argument IF Sturgeon broke code’ Ruth Davidson heckled by SNP as she shames Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon slammed by Davidson for 'breaking ministerial code'

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Scottish Tory MSP Ruth Davidson claimed that Nicola Sturgeon “broke the ministerial code” amid the handling of the Alex Salmond inquiry. The SNP leader has vehemently denied these claims. Speaking in Scottish Parliament, Ms Davidson said: “Because of the legal advice that had to be dragged from this government under threat of a vote of no confidence, we know for weeks that this Government ignored legal advice.

“The case only became unstable til late because this Government withheld crucial documents for so long.

“They withheld documents from their own lawyers, the court and they continue to withhold them from this parliament.

“What we’ve already seen shows no argument if this government ignored legal advice, they did.

“The argument is if they did so for three weeks or for more than three months.

“There’s no argument that the First Minister was at fault for losing more than half a million of taxpayers money, the argument is only about how much she is to blame for.

“There’s no argument if Nicola Sturgeon broke the ministerial code, the argument is only about how badly she broke it.

“We believe that the sanction is to go, why doesn’t she?”

Ms Sturgeon replied: “I think Ruth Davidson has just shown her true colours and the Conservative true colours all over again because she stands up here and says scrutiny and the democratic process is really important.

Nicola Sturgeon accused of ‘incompetence’ by Ruth Davidson

“But just as on Tuesday night, the Conservatives pre-judged my evidence to the parliamentary inquiry and she’s just pre-judged the outcome of the independent inquiry into the ministerial code.

“This is just about desperate political gains for the Conservatives.

“I suspect the private polling is even more desperate than the public polling right now because remember the people of Scotland have been voting no confidence in the Conservatives since the 1950s and I think we’re about to see why.

“I’ll get on with my job and let the inquiries do their job.”

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With the Scottish Parliament election due to take place in May, Ms Sturgeon added: “I will also in a few weeks subject myself to the ultimate scrutiny, the scrutiny and the verdict of the people of Scotland, the verdict that matters most.

“And as I do so Ruth Davidson will be slinking off to the House of Lords.”

Her attack came as she was pressed by opposition leaders on legal advice released by the Scottish Government after Mr Salmond took it to court over the way complaints against him had been dealt with.

Ms Davidson said those documents show the Government had attempted to “defend the indefensible” before finally conceding the case to Mr Salmond in January 2019.

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