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Alex Salmond set to appear before Holyrood committee on Wednesday

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Alex Salmond set to appear before Holyrood committee on Wednesday

Alex Salmond is expected to appear before a Holyrood committee investigating the handling of complaints against him on Wednesday.

The former first minister is due to give evidence to the inquiry after it was confirmed a revised version of his submission on the ministerial code will be published early next week.

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) yesterday agreed it was possible for the submission to be published - a decision which was confirmed in a letter from Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh to committee convener Linda Fabiani.

Macintosh said the SPCB "collectively agreed that on balance it is possible to publish the submission by Alex Salmond on the ministerial code."

The decision had been referred to the corporate body after the committee again voted narrowly against publishing further written submissions from the former first minister.

Salmond had first been expected to appear before the inquiry on 9 February but that session was cancelled.

The committee was set up to examine what went wrong with a Scottish Government investigation into harassment complaints which was later ruled "unlawful" at the Court of Session and cost the taxpayer over £500,000 in legal fees.

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