EbeneMagazine – GB – Scottish government media chief finally admits receiving explosive text on Salmond’s investigation


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The Scottish government media chief finally admitted to receiving an explosive text related to Alex Salmond from the country’s top civil servant

Barbara Allison categorically denied at Holyrood six weeks ago that she received a message from Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans saying: « We may have lost the battle, but we will win the war »

But ahead of her second committee appearance today, Ms Allison wrote to MSPs and revealed that she actually received a message from Ms Evans with similar wording on January 8, 2019

It was the day Nicola Sturgeon’s government admitted to acting illegally in investigating the sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Salmond – and before the failure of criminal proceedings triggered by the transfer of evidence from government to police

Ms Allison, who earns around £ 100,000 a year as director of communications, ministerial support and facilities, told the committee in a letter she was wrong on September 15

She had replied « No » twice to Labor MSP Jackie Baillie who asked her if the message regarding the loss of winning the « war » had been sent to her or if she had spoken to the permanent secretary afterwards.

But in a letter to the committee yesterday, Ms Allison wanted to « correct the unintentional inaccuracy of my previous statement »

She said she received the message on January 8, 2019 and sent a reply the same day Ms Evans’ message read: « Thank you Barbara – the battle may be lost but not the war I hope that you have a nice well-deserved & break « 

Ms Allison’s response read: « Thank you Leslie It’s beautiful here My mind and thoughts are with you all over there Best wishes »

Ms Allison said in the letter that she researched the messages because « Ms Baillie did not seem happy with my response »

She said: « A further search of my own records did not yield any results Therefore, I asked the Crown Office and the Public Finance Department to provide me with a copy of the documents they have. recovered from my cell phone in the context of a criminal trial « 

A series of text messages linked to government figures and SNP employees were obtained by lawyers for Mr. Salmond in evidence disclosure proceedings as part of his preparations to defend himself in the criminal trial, where he was cleared of all charges after being charged with sex assaulting nine women while he was prime minister

The Scottish Parliament inquiry examines the Scottish Government’s separate and illegal investigation, which the government says was ‘tainted with apparent bias’ after the investigator had prior contact with the two complainants The success of M Salmond led to an invoice of over £ 500,000 for his legal fees alone

Earlier this month it emerged that Ms Allison was retiring at the end of the year. She told colleagues she had ‘mixed emotions’ about her departure

During today’s committee, Ms Baillie, Labor MSP, asked Ms Allison what her message was to Ms Evans which prompted Ms Evans to respond on « war »

Explaining her refusal six weeks ago she received the « war » message, Ms Allison told MSPs at the hearing: « I don’t remember seeing this message. I was responding to the best of my ability. memories at the time « 

Also at today’s hearing, Ms Allison said she still had text messages from 2017 on her phone regarding the investigation

But Ms Allison explained that she « specifically kept the texts » of the complainant Ms B because she knew they might be relevant to the investigation She reiterated that she still could not « remember » her exchange with Ms Evans

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EbeneMagazine – GB – Scottish government media chief finally admits receiving explosive text on the Salmond investigation

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