Alex Salmond resigns from the SNP as he faces sexual harassment allegations

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Alex Salmond resigns from the SNP

Salmond issued a statement of denial after the Daily Record revealed he had been reported to police over allegations he sexually assaulted two staff members whilst First Minister.

The former SNP leader has been accused of carrying out attacks in the First Minister’s official Edinburgh residence in December 2013.

The allegations were passed to the police after an internal probe by Scottish Government officials.

Salmond has launched legal action against the Scottish Government after he denied the claims.

Responding to the claims Salmond said: “For many months now, and on the advice of Senior Counsel, I have attempted to persuade the Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government that she is behaving unlawfully in the application of a complaints procedure, introduced by her more than three years after I left office.

“This is a procedure so unjust that even now I have not been allowed to see and therefore to properly challenge the case against me. I have not been allowed to see the evidence.

“I have tried everything, including offers of conciliation, mediation and legal arbitration to resolve these matters both properly and amicably.

“This would have been in everybody’s interests, particularly those of the two complainants. All of these efforts have been rejected.

“The Permanent Secretary chose to deny me contact with any current civil servant, many of whom wished to give evidence on my behalf and access to documentation to allow me to properly challenge the complaints, all of which I refute and some of which were patently ridiculous.

“The procedure as put into operation by the Permanent Secretary is grossly unfair and therefore inevitably will lead to prejudicial outcomes.

“It is therefore with great reluctance that I have today launched a Judicial Review in the Court of Session which will decide the issue of the lawfulness of the procedure which has been used against me.

“If I lose then I will have to answer to the complaints both comprehensively and publicly.

 

“Until then I am bound to say nothing which would impinge on the Court proceedings.

“In our submissions on Judicial Review we have asked that the complainants’ identity be protected.

He has been accused of allegedly asking a female staff member into his bedroom at Bute House before making sexual advances.

In allegations passed to the police, the woman claims that the then-First Minister subjected her to sexual harassment in his official residence in December 2013.

She claims Mr Salmond invited her to enter the bedroom, where he kissed and touched her sexually for several minutes – and only stopped after she repeatedly asked him to.

Mr Salmond also allegedly made unwanted sexual advances to a second female worker during his time in office.

He appeared in public on Friday to strenuously deny the claims as the scandal continued to rock the SNP.