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Lord Foulkes accuses Alex Salmond of 'lying to parliament'

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond was accused in the Lords today of "lying to parliament and other transgressions".

Lord Foulkes drew gasps as he accused Salmond of 'lying to parliament and other transgressions'
Lord Foulkes drew gasps as he accused Salmond of 'lying to parliament and other transgressions'

Labour former Scottish minister Lord Foulkes of Cumnock drew gasps of surprise from peers when he levelled the charge at question time.

But when pressed over what the "transgressions" might be said only: "I'll tell you later."

His intervention came during a question on the application of the ministerial code at Westminster.

Lord Foulkes said: "The ministerial code in Scotland is so narrow and so lax that the first minister gets away regularly with lying to Parliament and other transgressions..."

As peers pressed him on what this might be, he said, to laughter from all sides: "I'll tell you later," but added: "Seriously, do we have any reserve powers to look at the ministerial code in Scotland and tighten it up?"

Cabinet Office spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire said he was not "sighted" on this particular question.

He added: "But I look forward to the enjoyable evening in which you tell me about some of the transgressions that you feel have happened in the Scottish Executive."

An SNP spokesman said later: "It reflects extremely badly on the Westminster system that an unelected Labour peer should allow his obsession with opposing independence to degenerate into saying things in the House of Lords that are utterly untrue and without foundation.

"Perhaps Lord Foulkes had too long a lunch.

"On six occasions Mr Salmond has referred complaints by opposition politicians to independent scrutiny under the ministerial code - and on all six occasions he has been entirely vindicated."

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