Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell QUITS amid backlash over SNP ‘lies and secrecy’
NICOLA Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell has quit as the SNP’s backroom boss amid claims of lies, secrecy and even vote-rigging in the contest to replace his wife
His resignation comes after mounting pressure from the SNP’s National Executive Committee this morning after he was threatened with a no confidence vote.
In a statement Mr Murrell said: “Responsibility for the SNP’s responses to media queries about our membership number lies with me as Chief Executive.
“While there was no intent to mislead, I accept that this has been the outcome.
“I have therefore decided to confirm my intention to step down as Chief Executive with immediate effect.
“I had not planned to confirm this decision until after the leadership election.
“However as my future has become a distraction from the campaign I have concluded that I should stand down now, so the party can focus fully on issues about Scotland’s future.
“The election contest is being run by the National Secretary and I have had no role in it at any point.
“I am very proud of what has been achieved in my time as Chief Executive and of the part I have played in securing the electoral success the party has enjoyed over almost two decades.
“14 national election wins is testament to the skills of the dedicated and talented HQ team that I have been privileged to lead.
“They give their all to the Party and the independence cause and I thank them for it.
“I have worked for independence all my life and will continue to do so, albeit in a different capacity, until it is achieved – and I do firmly believe that independence is now closer than ever.“
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