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Outpouring of Support for First Minister following Scottish Parliament Committee Meeting

The First Minister was in front of the Scottish Parliament Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints today.

There has been an outpouring of support for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP on social media today following her appearance in front of the Scottish Parliament Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints.

The First Minister appeared in front of the committee for around 8 hours of extraordinarily adversarial and hostile questioning today and the Convener of the Committee was forced to intervene several times when overtly party political points were made.

In her opening remarks, Ms Sturgeon explained that in the wake of the #MeToo movement, she was not prepared to intervene in the complaints process on behalf of former First Minister Alex Salmond.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I feel I must rebut the absurd suggestion that anyone acted with malice or as part of a plot against Alex Salmond.

“That claim is not based in fact. What happened is this and it is simple. A number of women made serious complaints about Alex Salmond’s behaviour. The government – despite the mistake it undoubtedly made – tried to do the right thing.

“As First Minister, I refused to follow the age old pattern of allowing a powerful man to use his status and connections to get what he wants.”

The full text of the First Minister’s remarks is available here.

There has been huge support for the First Minister all day on social media as the committee meeting took place, with the #IStandWithNicola hashtag trending on Twitter and also being used widely on Facebook to indicate support.

The Unionist politicians have been looking forward to today for some time and saw it as their chance to put the First Minister under pressure but Ms Sturgeon has been handling difficult questions all of the past year, every day as part of the Covid briefings and was very well prepared, calm and collected throughout. It is fair to say that not one opponent managed to lay a glove on her, despite some very intemperate language toward the end from Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell, which was remarked upon by the Convener.

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