FMQs LIVE: Row erupts as Sturgeon urged to ‘come clean’ over investigation into key ally

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The First Minister is coming under pressure today to disclose the outcome of an investigation into claims made against her key ally and former Cabinet colleague Fergus Ewing. She has refused to do so on the grounds of “GDPR privacy issues”, sparking furious backlash from the opposition. Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said: “Nicola Sturgeon must come clean on the outcome of this bullying case – and explain what action her government has taken to tackle this problem in her party.” The comments come as Ms Sturgeon prepares to battle Mr Sarwar and Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross for the first time since the local election results last week. The First Minister’s Questions (FMQs) will begin at 12:00.

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Anas Sarwar warns against ‘corrosive culture of secrecy’ in the SNP

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has warned against the “corrosive culture of secrecy at the heart of the SNP” amid rows over ferry funding and allegations of bullying. 

Mr Sarwar said: “There is a corrosive culture of secrecy at the heart of the SNP government, which is risking the principles of transparency and accountability at the heart of our democracy.

“The arrogant response to any questions ranging from the ferry scandal and the SNP’s shameless attempts to dodge scrutiny and suppress criticism have laid bare a pattern of behaviour that has run through their government for years.

“After 15 years of SNP government, it will require a full overhaul to put a stop to cover-ups and closed-door government so we can restore desperately needed transparency and accountability into public life.”

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