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Robertson 'knew of complaints' - report

Police in Salmond sex claims interview Edinburgh airport staff

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Police investigating sexual misconduct claims against former First Minister Alex Salmond have interviewed staff over alleged incidents at Edinburgh airport.

Initial inquiries are focused on complaints by two Scottish government employees, according to the Press Association.

The alleged incident is said to date back to 2008, when Mr Salmond used the airport regularly in his role as head of the Scottish government.

A spokesman for Edinburgh airport said: “We can confirm that we are assisting Police Scotland with its inquiries. We cannot comment further at this time.” Police Scotland declined to comment.

Sky News has now claimed that airport officials reported their concerns to the former SNP Deputy leader Angus Robertson, who was also leader of the party’s Westminster group at the time. Asked by the broadcaster about what he knew, Mr Robertson said: “There are ongoing processes and… I’m not making any more comment.”

Commenting on the report that Mr Robertson knew about the complaints, Scottish Labour’s Equalities spokesperson Pauline McNeill said: “This is a shocking revelation.

“We already know that Nicola Sturgeon continued to meet Alex Salmond while he was being investigated by the Scottish Government over sexual harassment allegations.

“Now it seems former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson was explicitly told about these concerns by officials at Edinburgh Airport. 

“The SNP must urgently explain whether Mr Robertson, one of the most senior SNP politicians, passed these concerns on to party officials and what – if any – action was taken by the SNP in light of those concerns to protect women from sexual harassment. 

“The SNP has been far from transparent over its handling of these allegations against Alex Salmond – and party officials and Nicola Sturgeon must urgently come clean on who knew what and when.”

Mr Salmond, who has resigned from the SNP, has launched a civil action against the Scottish government to contest the complaints process activated against him in relation to sexual harassment claims which he has denied.

The case came to the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week when his lawywer said he would argue that Mr Salmond, who now hosts a television show on Russia Today, was not given adequate information about the two sexual misconduct allegations.

Mr Salmond raised more than £100,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to pay for his legal fees in the case. The case is due to be heard over four days from January 15.

A spokesman for Salmond said: “Mr Salmond denies all suggestions of misconduct at any time and suggests that everyone should allow police inquiries to take their proper course without briefing or breaching their confidentiality.

“Alex has not been interviewed by the police about any matter. He is content to have his case against the Scottish government stated in the court of session in January.”


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