SNP MP Stewart Hosie is to resign as the Depute leader of the SNP, it has been announced. The news follows revelations of an affair between the senior SNP politician, who is married to SNP MSP Shona Robison, and a London based journalist.
It has also emerged that Mr Hosie has written a letter of apology to the party leader Nicola Sturgeon. The news follows several days of speculation after details of an affair between the MP and political journalist Serena Cowdy became public.
It is understood that Mr Hosie will step down from his Depute leader role at the party’s Autumn conference. The party will be accepting nominations to replace Mr Hosie until August 5th.
The decision to resign as Depute leader will fuel speculation over the MP’s role in this summer’s independence drive. Hosie was expected to spearhead the SNP campaign aimed at persuading a majority of Scots to support independence.
In his letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Mr Hosie apologised for the hurt he has caused to friends, family and colleagues. The text of the letter can be seen below.