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No plot against Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon says in her opening statement at Holyrood inquiry

Nicola Sturgeon is making her long-awaited appearance before the Holyrood inquiry into her government's unlawful investigation of Alex Salmond, amid calls for her to resign. The First Minister has insisted there is not "a shred of evidence" to support her former mentor's claim there was a "malicious and concerted" attempt to see him removed from public life and she has consistently denied breaching the ministerial code. Read more on our live blog here: Subscribe to The Telegraph on YouTube ► Get the latest headlines: and are websites of The Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.
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