Nicola Sturgeon warning: Senior SNP MP admits ‘there will be consequences’ from inquiry

Sturgeon: SNP MP says ‘there will be consequences’

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Alyn Smith told BBC News that the SNP is taking the report on the way allegations against Alex Salmond were handled very seriously and will look to implement changes to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. The SNP MP added that the issue on whether Nicola Sturgeon misled Parliament has now been settled following James Hamilton’s report.

Mr Smtih said: “This happened during our watch, we are taking it very seriously.

“Nicola Sturgeon gave 8 hours of evidence to this committee of inquiry, which is more than Tony Blair spent in front of the inquiry into the war in Iraq.

“We are dealing with this very seriously with a view of making changes to make sure it does not happen again.

“So there will be consequences to this report, there will be things that change and I think that is to be done by the proper authorities at the proper time.

“But the fundamental point of whether Nicola Sturgeon misled Parliament has been settled.”

On Monday, it was announced that Irish lawyer James Hamilton cleared Nicola Sturgeon of breaching ministerial code over the Alex Salmond inquiry during his report. 

Last week it was revealed that the committee of MSPs that Jackie Baillie was part of had found Nicola Sturgeon misled the inquiry by five votes to four.

Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and an independent MSP made up the five votes against Sturgeon while four SNP MSPs backed Scotland’s First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon: 'No winners' from inquiry warns Jackie Baillie

On Tuesday morning, Jackie Baillie, who was on the committee during the Alex Salmond inquiry, stated there told there are “no winners” from the Alex Salmond inquiry as public trust in Scotland has been damaged.

She told Good Morning Scotland that people are bemused by the errors of judgement that were exposed by the inquiry.

The Scottish Labour Deputy Leader added that the Scottish Government must urgently restore trust in political institutions. 

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The Scottish Labour Deputy Leader said: “I think his [James Hamilton] report makes interesting observations that we need to consider and learn from.

“I do not think there are any winners in this, I think the whole thing has been damaging to public trust in our politics and also in our institutions at a time where there is a national crisis going on.

“I think people are just generally bemused about these errors of judgement.

“From my part, I think we urgently need to restore trust in our institutions.”

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