Nicola Sturgeon: government made 'catastrophic' error in Salmond inquiry

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First minister admits mistake over official’s appointment but rejects ‘absurd’ idea of plot against predecessor

Nicola Sturgeon has rejected the “absurd” allegation the Scottish government plotted to destroy Alex Salmond’s reputation but admitted it made serious mistakes in its investigation into complaints against him.

The first minister said her government made a “dreadful, catastrophic mistake” during its inquiry into two sexual harassment complaints against Salmond by appointing an official who had previously spoken to the complainers as its investigation officer.

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