Nicola Sturgeon in battle for her career after being accused of lying to Scottish Parliament about Alex Salmond saga

NICOLA Sturgeon is battling for her political career today after she was accused of lying to the Scottish Parliament about the Alex Salmond saga.

In a dramatic 24 hours, two SNP insiders gave bombshell evidence saying Ms Sturgeon had misled Holyrood.

While long-secret emails revealed Mr Sturgeon ignored lawyers to pursue Mr Salmond through the courts – racking up a £500,000 taxpayer bill.

The Scottish Tories said the evidence against the embattled SNP boss is “overwhelming” and demanded she quit.

Turning up the heat, they have tabled a no confidence vote in the Scottish leader.

Douglas Ross, leader of Scottish Tories, raged: “There is no longer any doubt that Nicola Sturgeon lied to the Scottish Parliament and broke the Ministerial Code on numerous counts.

“No First Minister can be allowed to mislead the Scottish people and continue in office, especially when they have tried to cover up the truth and abused the power of their office in the process.

“The weight of the evidence is overwhelming. Nicola Sturgeon must resign.”

Ms Sturgeon and her allies are accused of hounding Mr Salmond out of politics after he was hit by sex harassment allegations.

He was tried and cleared of the charges. Scottish politicians are probing the Scottish government’s botched probe into the saga.

In a sensational day in Holyrood, Kevin Pringle, a former SNP spinner, said Ms Sturgeon found out about the allegations earlier than she has claimed.

He also said that one of the alleged victim’s names was given to Mr Salmond’s team.

In separate testimony, Duncan Hamilton, a former SNP politician, said Ms Sturgeon offered to intervene in the case. She has always denied the claim.

The devastating claims pile pressure on the under-fire Scottish leader ahead of her own showdown appearance before the committee tomorrow.

The bitter row has laid bare the civil war which threatens to tear the once all-powerful Scottish party apart.

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