Scotlandâ€™s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should step down if an inquiry finds that she breached the ministerial code, U.K. Labour leader Keir Starmer said.
Speaking during a visit to Glasgow, Starmer said that â€œthe code is explicit and the expectation has to be â€“ if there is a breach of the code â€” then there should be a resignation.â€
According to media reports on Thursday, a Holyrood inquiry concluded that Sturgeon misled the Scottish parliament over the Alex Salmond issue. Those reports said the committee ruled, by five votes to four, that Sturgeon gave an â€œinaccurateâ€ account of her meetings with Salmond in 2018 during evidence given under oath earlier this month, when she was grilled about sexual harassment claims leveled at Scotlandâ€™s former leader (for which he was subsequently acquitted in court).Â
Details of the inquiry are expected to be published Tuesday and the committee has yet to decide whether Sturgeonâ€™s behavior constitutes a breach of the ministerial code.
Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, told the Herald that Sturgeon must resign: â€œWe cannot set a precedent that a First Minister ofÂ ScotlandÂ can mislead the Scottish Parliament and get away with it,â€ he said, adding that, â€œwe have to trust that the First Minister will be truthful. We no longer can.â€
Sturgeon said she â€œstands byâ€ her evidence to the inquiry, telling Sky News that â€œopposition members â€¦ made up their minds before [she] uttered a single word of evidence.â€