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Nicola Sturgeon: My pain and anguish at separation from Alex Salmond

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Nicola Sturgeon and her mentor Alex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon and her mentor Alex Salmond Credit: Reuters

Nicola Sturgeon has described her “personal pain and anguish” at being separated from Alex Salmond as he faces trial for a series of alleged sex crimes.

The First Minister told the Edinburgh Fringe audience she missed her mentor and predecessor after the allegations meant a change in their 30-year relationship.

She said it was difficult for her to talk about him, for both personal and legal reasons, but described him as a “really important, dominant person” in her life. 

Mr Salmond was charged in January this year with a total of 14 offences, including two of attempted rape, nine of sexual assault and two of indecent assault. He strongly denies all the allegations and is expected to stand trial...

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