Sent: 26 August 2018 12:17
Subject: Alex Salmond and false information from the Scottish government
Dear Sir or Madam,
With regard to my conversation with Colette this morning, I shall have the documentation we discussed sent to you by a third party, due to techno problems here.
When the Daily Record first tried to obtain information before publishing the Alex Salmond story on Thursday night, you quoted the fact that the Scottish government had not dealt with any allegations against ministers since 2007.
This is simply not true.
In early 20011, the then Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion, began to conduct an investigation into alleged failings by the Scottish ministers, then led by Alex Salmond and including Nicola Sturgeon, into the case of allegations of sexual abuse against disabled Aberdeen girl Hollie Greig.
As a result of the Commissioner`s actions, he formally ruled, on 26th May 2011, that Mr Salmond and his ministers had been found to have breached sections 10.1 and 21.1 of the FOISA in respect of the said case. Moreover, the ministers still failed to address the issue and on 11th July 2011, were presented with an ultimatum from the Commissioner, that if no response had been received within 24 hours, the entire cabinet would face a charge of contempt of court.
The issues were covered accurately in The Firm magazine in an article headed “Exclusive: Information Commissioner forces Government response to Hollie Greig inquiries”, on 3rd June 2011 and on the 11th July 2011, The Firm followed up with another article headed “First Minister in missing records riddle over Hollie Greig abuse allegations.”
Both of these documents will be sent to you , along with a letter I received from the Commissioner, laying out some of the investigation`s chronology and a letter from Mr Salmond`s St Andrew`s House Office, dated 14 February 2014, in which the First Minister clearly attempts to mislead his then constituency secretary, Neil Bailie.
I would not normally expect to be in agreement with Mr Salmond in any circumstances, but his complaint against Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans certainly resonates with my own experience.
Following an Audit Scotland investigation into how Elish Angiolini was allowed to obtain UK taxpayers` funds to lodge a civil action against me, it was discovered that the authorisation had been given by Ms Evans` immediate predecessor, Sir Peter Housden. This was particularly important as documents sent by former Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill to my then MP and Conservative Minister, David Mowat, confirmed that Elish Angiolini had been continually providing utterly false statements about her role in the Hollie Greig case, so it was important to uncover exactly how Mrs Angiolini had managed to persuade Sir Peter to grant his authorisation.
Leslie Evans has consistently refused to disclose this information about an overwhelmingly likely misuse of UK public funds (this matter is not devolved) to both Mr Mowat and his successor, Labour`s Mr Faisal Rashid.
Again in support of Mr Salmond, he is entitled to have any civil action he chooses to take against the Scottish government paid out of the public purse.
In the case of Elish Angiolini, the Crown Office confirmed that as allegations are made whilst that individual holds ministerial office and claims to be innocent, as Mrs Angiolini did, albeit later confirmed as falsely, so has Mr Salmond, so he is thus entitled to the same degree of financial public support whilst he maintains his innocence. I do not know if Mr Salmond is aware of this policy.
The articles by The Firm are in the public domain, naturally, but I am very happy to pass on any relevant documents to the Daily Record. You may publish these as you wish as well as my name. I have nothing to hide.
My phone number is 01925 602389 and would be most willing to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.