Alex Salmond investigation: FDA response

9 Jan 2019 03:04 PM

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman, responding to today’s announcement regarding the investigation into Alex Salmond, said: 

“The decision today to set aside the investigation into former First Minister Alex Salmond is hugely regrettable. The women who have come forward in this case deserve to have their complaints investigated fairly and a conclusion reached. 

”This decision relates to a procedural flaw in how the investigation was conducted. It does not challenge the process itself or make judgement on the substance of the case. In these circumstances, subject to the wishes of the complainants, we would call on the Scottish Government to re-investigate the complaints at the most appropriate time.”   

Notes for editors 

  1. The FDA is the union for senior managers and professionals in public service, representing more than 18,000 members at grades HEO and above. Membership includes senior civil servants, government policy advisors, prosecutors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors and other professionals working across the Government and the NHS. 
  2. The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants' union". 
  3. The FDA can be found on Twitter @FDA_union and at General Secretary Dave Penman tweets as @FDAGenSec. 
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  1. The Scottish Government's public sector pay policy can be viewed here.