Cash generated by Alex Salmond’s crowdfunding campaign is to be used to fund his defence against sexual allegations, a Labour MSP has claimed.
In a message posted on social media, Jenny Marra said: “Anyone who ever gave Alex Salmond the benefit of the doubt as he whipped up nationalism can get the measure of the man tonight -crowdfunding his defence of sexual allegations. Twighlight zone.”
The Labour MSP was responding after the former First Minister announced the launch of his crowdfunder in order to help pay legal costs for his action against permanent secretary Leslie Evans. Ms Evans conducted an investigation after allegations were made against the former First Minister in January.
However, the claim by Ms Marra has been labelled inaccurate and potentially defamatory by supporters of Mr Salmond. The former SNP leader’s fundraiser states that all cash raised will be used exclusively for call for a judicial review of the process employed by Ms Evans which has nothing to do with the allegations. Any fundraiser excess will be donated to good causes.
Ms Marra is not the only person to suggest that the Salmond fundraiser will use the cash to defend the former First Minister against the harrassment allegations. Daily Record political editor David Clegg has made similar claims.
Speaking on the morning radio show Good Morning Scotland, Clegg said Salmond’s crowdfunding appeal is “effectively to fund a defence against sexual misconduct”.
The Daily Record, which is pro-Union in its stance, was the newspaper to break the story of the Salmond allegations. Its political editor has since found himself feted by the BBC with a special appearance on Newsnight on Wednesday which witnessed the journalist make a variety of claims relating to the SNP.
The decision to invite Clegg onto the programme but have no guest offering a counter to his claims has led to at least one complaint being submitted to the BBC.
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