Scotland ruling party leader resigns over bad response to reporters

00:02 19.03.2023 Politics

The executive secretary of the Scottish National Party (SNP) - the ruling party of Scotland - Peter Murell resigned due to an incorrect response to the press, TASS reports.

The scandal concerns the size of the party - according to the British press, since 2021 it has decreased by 30 thousand people, by the beginning of the year it had more than 100 thousand members in its ranks.

“The responsibility to respond on behalf of the SNP to media inquiries about the size of the party rests with me as executive secretary. Although there was no intention to deceive, I acknowledge that it did. Therefore, I have decided to confirm my intention to leave the post of Executive Secretary immediately,” Murrell said.

It is noted that prior to this, the head of the SPN press service, Michael Russell, was forced to resign - and according to the SkyNews TV channel, party members threatened the politician with a vote of no confidence if he did not resign on his own.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will leave her post once a successor is elected.

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