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Love triangle MP quits

Hosie steps down over affair with journalist

Stewart Hosie - deputy leader
Stewart Hosie – deputy leader

Stewart Hosie, deputy leader of the SNP, has resigned his post following his affair with a Commons journalist.

Mr Hosie said in a letter to party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that he wanted to “apologise for any hurt and upset” he has caused.

The MP had an affair with Serena Cowdy, who was previously involved with his SNP Westminster colleague Angus MacNeil, who represents the Western Isles in Parliament.

Mr Hosie, the member for Dundee East, said it had been “very difficult” to deal with the “intense scrutiny” of his private life. He was expected to play a central role in reviving the party’s independence campaign.

In his letter to Ms Sturgeon, he wrote: “I am writing to you firstly to apologise for any hurt and upset I have caused to friends, family and colleagues. That was never my intention.

“I am also writing to tell you of my intention not to seek re-election as deputy leader of the SNP at this year’s annual conference, giving ample time for the party to choose a successor.

“As you know I have been admitted to hospital on three occasions in the past few years with very high blood pressure. In that regard, the stress of the intense scrutiny of my private life has been very difficult.

“I intend to concentrate on my constituents, my responsibilities at Westminster, and most importantly, my health.”

Mr Hosie is separated from his wife Shona Robison, who is Scottish Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport.

The First Minister accepted Mr Hosie’s resignation replied: “During your tenure in office, amongst your many other duties, you have authored two successful election manifestos – providing the policy platform for our victories in both the 2015 general election and the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. These are achievements you should be very proud of.

“As you step down as deputy leader, I know you will continue to make a valuable contribution to the party in many ways and, in particular, through your work in your constituency and as part of the Westminster group.”


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