‘Come out of hiding!’ Sturgeon CALLED OUT over ‘£17million spending spree on elections’ : Express

NICOLA Sturgeon was yesterday challenged to “come out of hiding” amid a growing storm over a £17 million public spending spree that could sway polls.

Opposition MSPs claimed a “stink of sleaze” and “cash for votes” scandal had engulfed the First Minister following accusations taxypayers’ cash was misused for electioneering.

There have already been demands for a probe into the announcement of an £8.4 million cash injection into a Glasgow regeneration scheme.

Glasgow City Council has been held by since 1980 but is tipped to fall to the SNP.

Nicola Sturgeon

The plan was revealed by SNP Housing Minister Kevin Stewart less than 48 hours before council election polls open yesterday, in an alleged breach of strict “purdah” rules.

But the row escalated with highlighting two more announcements made less than 10 days before polling.

On April 25, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing unveiled £948,000 to help crofters in remote communities secure better housing.



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