New setback for the independence movement. The husband of former Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has just left his post as First Minister, has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the finances of their party, the Scottish National Party (SNP – Scottish National Party). , British media reported on Wednesday (April 5).
Police Scotland announced the arrest of a 58-year-old man on Wednesday, along with searches. According to the BBC and the PA news agency, it is Peter Murrell, husband of Ms Sturgeon. He was until mid-March director general of the Scottish National Party and had then resigned from these functions in the midst of a controversy over the number of members of the formation, in the midst of an internal campaign to appoint a new leader.
Nicola Sturgeon, after eight years at the head of Scotland and a total of fifteen years in positions of responsibility in the local executive, announced in mid-February his resignation to everyone’s surprise, explaining that he lacked energy. The departure of the charismatic leader, who carried the independence fight with determination, weakened the party, which emerged divided from the internal campaign which resulted in the appointment as prime minister of Humza Yousaf, 37, last week.
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The leader, the first of the Muslim faith to head one of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom, is seen as embodying continuity after Ms Sturgeon, with a progressive line on societal issues and left economically. But he won only 52% of the votes against the more conservative Kate Forbes.
This transition at the head of Scotland comes as the fight for independence, a time revived by Brexit and the unpopularity of successive Conservative governments in London, seems to have reached an impasse. The Supreme Court has rejected Edinburgh’s desire to hold a new referendum without London’s agreement, after the vote that led to the victory of no in 2014.
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