Nicola Sturgeon verdict: Full results as Scotland First Minister wins no confidence vote
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The Green Party of Scotland have confirmed they will not support the motion to get rid of the First Minister, with co-leader Patrick Harvie saying James Hamilton QC, who conducted the independent inquiry into Ms Sturgeon, “has clearly concluded that the First Minister did not breach the ministerial code, so we will not support the vote of no confidence being pushed by the Tories”. The Scottish Conservatives were supposed to table the vote of no confidence on Wednesday, but it has been pushed forward after input from both the SNP and the Green Party.
Scottish Conservative Chief Whip, Miles Briggs, said: “We had hoped to hold the vote on Wednesday but this has now been brought forward to Tuesday.
“The SNP have been complaining that we acted hastily and did not give MSPs time to look at the evidence.
“But pressing ahead on Tuesday makes it less likely that MSPs will have time to consider the Salmond Inquiry findings.
“This demonstrates they are in a flap. They clearly expect the Salmond report to be damning, as seen by their increasingly intemperate and disrespectful outbursts towards committee members.”
Despite the fact Ms Sturgeon was cleared by the independent Hamilton inquiry, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said the First Minister was “not free and clear”, with the full report still due to be published.
Mr Ross said: “The First Minister has been given a pass because it has been judged her ‘failure of recollection’ was ‘not deliberate’.
“I respect Mr Hamilton and his judgment but we cannot agree with that assessment.
“Nicola Sturgeon did not suddenly turn forgetful, she is not free and clear.”
A spokesperson for the First Minister said some opposition members “appear intent on breaking every rule in the book in a blatantly transparent attempt to damage her before the coming election”.
Nicola Sturgeon verdict in full
MSPs have voted down a motion of no confidence for the Scottish First Minister in the wake of the SNP’s handling of harassment allegations against former First Minister Alex Salmond.
When it was voted on in Holyrood this afternoon, the no confidence motion was defeated by 31 votes to 65, with 27 abstaining frost he vote.
However, the Scottish Parliament committee has set up an investigation to find out what went wrong in the Government’s handling of the complaints, which claimed Ms Sturgeon had misled them.
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Ahead of the result, Ms Sturgeon said: “If you think you can bully me out of office, you are mistaken and you misjudge me.
“If you want to remove me as First Minister, then do it in an election.”
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