MADRID, 18 March (EUROPA PRESS) –
Peter Murrell, general secretary of the Scottish National Party (SNP), submitted his resignation this Saturday after controversy over the spread of misinformation to the press about the numbers of party members immersed in the process of choosing Murrell’s successor. His wife, Nicola Sturgeon, as leader of the Scottish independence party.
Scottish media reported that Murrell resigned after 20 years in office, with immediate effect after he was threatened with dismissal by the party’s leader.
On Friday, SNP spokesperson Murray Foote resigned precisely for this reason. “As secretary general, the responsibility for the SNP’s responses to press questions regarding membership numbers rests with me. I do not intend to mislead, but I acknowledge that this is the result. Therefore, I have decided to confirm my intention to resign from the secretariat with immediate effect.” Murrell said in a statement:
Recalling his recent “14 electoral victories”, he added, “My future has been a distraction for the campaign, and so I came to the conclusion that I needed to resign so that the party could focus on what concerns Scotland’s future.” “It proves the talent of the team I’ve been privileged to lead.”
The SNP started the internal election process on March 13 to select a replacement after Sturgeon’s surprise resignation, with a total of ten days of voting. On Thursday, the SNP reported 72,186 members eligible to choose between candidates Ash Regan, Humza Yousaf and Kate Forbes.
Source: Noti Merica