A lawyer representing Alex Salmond has told a court he will argue that the former first minister was not given adequate information about the sexual misconduct allegations against him. Mr Salmond is taking legal action against the Scottish Government to challenge its complaints procedure after two sexual harassment allegations were made in January. The former MP and MSP, who denies the allegations, has resigned from the SNP and is pursuing a judicial review in Scotland’s highest civil court, challenging the fairness of the inquiry into the claims. The inquiry was overseen by the Scottish Government’s senior civil servant, Leslie Evans, the permanent secretary, and Scottish ministers, who are contesting the action. The judge Lord Pentland told a short procedural hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh that lawyers for the government would argue that Mr Salmond did not have a valid case and would also raise a time bar issue. He added that the Scottish Government’s position was that Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, agreed a new complaints procedure on December 20, and formal complaints about Mr Salmond were lodged on January 16 and January 24, 2018. Ronnie Clancy QC, representing the former SNP leader, said there should have… Read full this story
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