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Alex Salmond offered new date to give evidence at Holyrood


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Alex Salmond has been invited to give evidence on Friday to the Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish Government’s botched investigation of him.

The former first minister pulled out of Wednesday’s scheduled appearance before the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints after Parliament belatedly redacted his written evidence the day before.

Mr Salmond’s legal team said it was “clearly impossible” for him to give evidence under oath in the circumstances and offered to postpone his appearance until Friday.

A meeting of the cross-party committee agreed it still wants to hear evidence from Mr Salmond, who was awarded a £512,250 payout after the Scottish Government’s investigation of him was ruled to be “tainted by apparent bias”.

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, pictured in 2015, are both expected to give evidence to the committee in the coming days (PA)
Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, pictured in 2015, are both expected to give evidence to the committee in the coming days (PA)

The MSPs have now invited him to appear in person on Friday.

Lord Advocate James Wolffe is then scheduled to reappear before the committee next week, and current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will then make her appearance on Wednesday.

A Scottish Parliament spokeswoman said: “There was unanimous agreement in the committee that it wants to hear from Alex Salmond.

“His evidence has always been an important part of the committee’s work and as such the committee agreed that it would invite Mr Salmond to give evidence in person on Friday.

“The First Minister will then give evidence as the final witness to the inquiry on Wednesday.

“The committee remains determined to complete its task set by the Parliament and today agreed further actions in order to help them complete this work.”

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