13 January 2019

Commenting on Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to refer herself under the Ministerial Code, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard MSP said:

"Nicola Sturgeon has done the right thing in accepting Scottish Labour's call for her to refer herself under the Ministerial Code.

“Transparency is now absolutely essential in order for the public to have confidence in the First Minister and the Scottish Government.

“That is why we should also see a full, public parliamentary inquiry in to what exactly has happened – and I look forward to working constructively with members from other parties this week in order to secure that.

“It is also now essential that the Scottish Parliament is given the power to fully review the outcome of this investigation into whether Nicola Sturgeon has broken the Ministerial Code.

“Throughout this process it is essential to remember that at the centre of all of this are two courageous women who put their faith in a system that has badly let them down, and we must never lose sight of that, by safeguarding the duty of care to them and their access to justice.

“We must restore trust and confidence in the system.”

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