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Alex Salmond, former Scotland First Minister, denies sexual misconduct



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Alex Salmond, the former
First Minister of Scotland.


  • Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland,
    has been accused of sexual misconduct with two female staff
    members while in office.
  • Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper first reported the
    allegations, and the Scottish government appeared to confirm
    the existence of an investigation.
  • Salmond has denied the allegations, which he called
    “patently ridiculous.”
  • He also launched legal proceedings against the Scottish
    government over the complaints procedure against him.
  • He said he was given no access to the evidence and
    therefore cannot “properly challenge” the case.

Alex Salmond, the former leader of Scotland, has denied
accusations of sexual misconduct with two female employees while
in office.

An article in Scotland’s Daily Record newspaper
claimed that
Salmond has been reported to police by the Scottish government
over the allegations, which are said to relate to his time as
First Minister, Scotland’s highest office.

In a statement to Business Insider, the Scottish government
appeared to confirm the existence of an investigation, and said
it was vital that “allegations of harassment are treated
seriously” regardless of those accused.

One incident is alleged to have taken place at Bute House, the
First Minister’s official residence in Edinburgh, in December

Salmond was in office from 2007 to 2014. He resigned after losing
yes/no referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United
Kingdom to be an independent nation.

The Scottish government passed the complaints to the police after
an internal probe, the Daily Record said. Police Scotland has
declined to comment.

In a
statement released shortly after the Record’s article
Salmond denied all the claims, describing some as “patently

He is also suing the Scottish government over the “unjust”
complaints procedure against him. He claimed that the Scottish
government was “behaving unlawfully” in the procedure, which he
said denied him access to evidence and rendered him unable to
“properly challenge” the case.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government confirmed that Salmond
had started legal proceedings against it, and said that it “will
defend its position vigorously.”

bute house edinburgh scotland
House, the Scottish First Minister’s official residence in

Scottish Government via
Wikimedia Commons

Here’s Salmond’s full statement:

“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

“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
(Thursday 23rd August) 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 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.”

And the Scottish government’s response:

“We can confirm that Alex Salmond has initiated legal proceedings
against the Scottish government and as a result we are restricted
in what we can say.

“However, the Scottish government will defend its position
vigorously. As a matter of principle and integrity, it is vital
that any allegations of harassment are treated seriously and
investigated thoroughly, regardless of the identity of the party

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