SNP’s John Swinney survives no confidence vote: MSPs vote down Tory challenge

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The vote concerning Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney brought by the Scottish Conservatives was voted down. 

The party, led by Douglas Ross, initially tabled the motion two weeks ago as a threat to John Swinney in the hope he would release legal advice given to the Scottish Government before it decided to concede the judicial review brought by Alex Salmond after its botched handling of complaints against him.

A total of 57 MSPs voted yes and 65 no after the motion was debated by politicians this afternoon. 

The Tories, who brought forward the motion of no confidence, united with Labour and Liberal Democrats against the Deputy First Minister.

But the support of Scottish Green MSPs meant the challenge to him was ultimately unsuccessful, with Holyrood voting down the motion by 57 votes to 65.

Despite that, Mr Swinney still faced accusations from Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross of “having used his power to cover up evidence and protect Nicola Sturgeon”.

More to follow… 

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