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The Scottish Government is under renewed pressure to publish the legal advice it received ahead of a judicial review over how it handled complaints made against Alex Salmond.

Ministers have so far failed to publish the correspondence – despite a formal request from a committee of MSPs who are investigating how the government botched its handling of the allegations made against the former SNP leader.

Earlier this month a majority of MSPs backed a motion calling on the legal advice to be published.

The Scottish Conservatives now plan to bring a fresh vote in parliament this week calling on ministers to finally reveal the documents.

It comes after John Swinney last week told MSPs that two senior civil servants would not be permitted to give evidence before the inquiry.

A special Holyrood committee is examining the Government’s botched investigation into sexual harassment complaints against Salmond.

The veteran Nationalist pursued a judicial review and it was accepted the Government probe had been unlawful.

The flawed investigation, which cost the taxpayer over £500,000, destroyed the relationship between Nicola Sturgeon and Salmond, whose allies believe he was targeted.

A running controversy has been the Government’s refusal to give the Committee the legal advice it obtained during Salmond’s judicial review.

The committee wants to know when the Government was advised by lawyers that it was likely to lose the case.  

Pressure on the Government intensified recently when Parliament voted for the advice to be published.

The committee then urged the Government to release the material by November 13.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser, who sits on the inquiry, said: “It’s a dark day for the Scottish Parliament when the government arrogantly dismisses its will without even lifting a finger.

“The Scottish Conservatives are confident that MSPs of all parties will send a clear message that the government have no choice. They must release the legal advice, which would help to explain how more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money was lost to Alex Salmond.

“The SNP think they can ignore scrutiny and get away with it. We’re calling for opposition parties to unite against this disgraceful display of arrogance.”

The Record has asked the Scottish Government for comment.

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