cotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond quit his party late Wednesday amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a statement, Salmond said he was resigning to avoid division within the Scottish National Party (SNP), which has faced calls to suspend him.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Salmond said: “I truly love the SNP and the wider independence movement in Scotland. They have been the defining commitment of my life. But today I have written to the national secretary of the party resigning my membership.”
Salmond’s statement said he would re-apply to the party after clearing his name. He also launched a crowd-funding appeal to help pay his legal costs.
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Alex Salmond has formally started his legal action against the Scottish government over its handling of sexual misconduct complaints against him.
Two people have made allegations about the former first minister, who strongly denies ever sexually harassing anyone.
He is seeking a judicial review of a new complaints procedure that was introduced by the Scottish government in December.
The Scottish government said it would “defend our position vigorously”.
Mr Salmond’s petition has been lodged with the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
The court will now seek a response from the Scottish government. It is likely to be some weeks before there is a hearing before a judge.
The complaints about Mr Salmond were made in January – just weeks after the new procedures for dealing with harassment complaints was introduced with the blessing of his successor, Nicola Sturgeon.