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Nicola Sturgeon blasted over SNP 'poison and hate' – FM's 'toxic nationalism' sparks fury

Alex Salmond claims key evidence to inquiry ‘deliberately suppressed’

Mr Salmond gave evidence on Friday to the Holyrood inquiry into the Scottish Government's unlawful investigation of sexual harassment claims against him. The former First Minister claimed there was "no doubt" Nicola Sturgeon broke the ministerial code and said Scotland's "leadership has failed". Ms Sturgeon denies misleading parliament over when she knew about allegations of harassment made against Mr Salmond and is set to give evidence next week.

The Court of Session ruled in 2019 that the Scottish Government's investigation into complaints against Mr Salmond was "tainted by apparent bias", and he was awarded £512,000 in legal expenses.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has since delivered a scathing attack on the current crisis engulfing the SNP.

In an opinion piece for, Mr Ross said he had “no sympathy” for Mr Salmond or Ms Sturgeon and stated “they reap the poison which they have sowed”.

He added the First Minister of Scotland and her predecessor “devoted their lives to ripping Scotland out of the UK they are now intent on ripping each other apart”.

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Britons have reacted furiously to Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP (Image: GETTY)

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Alex Salmond appeared before the Holyrood inquiry on Friday (Image: GETTY)

Mr Ross added Scotland could be “witnessing the beginning of the end of toxic nationalism”.

One reader said: “The whole SNP mantra is just poison and hate.”

A second wrote: “A very good piece by Douglas Ross which sums up the corrupt assembly (it is NOT a government) we currently have in Scotland.

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Nicola Sturgeon succeeded Alex Salmond as First Minister in 2014 (Image: GETTY)

“If this was the Westminster government that was being ripped apart by lies and corruption, the separatists would be incandescent with rage and demanding the government stand down!”

A third commented: “I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the nasty SNP. Division is their motto.”

A fourth added: “SNP doesn't work for Scotland, only itself.”

The Holyrood inquiry comes less than three months before one of the most important Scottish Parliament elections in modern history.

Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross has lashed out at the SNP (Image: GETTY)

Scots will head to the polls in May and the SNP has vowed to hold a second independence referendum if the party wins a majority.

But, plans for independence have been rocked after the latest opinions polls showed support for independence has fallen.

A Survation poll found 44 percent of Scots would vote to stay in the UK if a referendum was held tomorrow.


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A profile of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Image: EXPRESS)

Just 43 percent of those asked would vote in favour of independence.

Once undecided voters were excluded, the survey suggested there was an even split with each side on 50 percent of the vote.

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