Nicola Sturgeon dodges general election question on campaigning with Swinney

Nicola Sturgeon has dodged a question on whether she will campaign alongside John Swinney during the general election.

The former First Minister, who remains under police investigation, also said it was “not for me to decide” if she is an asset to her party.

Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell, who was SNP chief executive for decades, was recently charged in connection with embezzlement of party funds.

The one-time SNP leader was at Holyrood this morning giving evidence on the failure of her Government to dual the A9.

Asked by the Record if she would be hitting the campaign trail with the new FM, she said: “I’ll be campaigning in the election from time to time, yes.”

Quizzed if she would be on the stump with Swinney, she declined to say yes: "Look, John will have his own programme and I will campaign in ways that I think are helpful to candidates..

She was asked if she is an asset or a liability: “That’s not for me to decide.”

She did not answer a question on whether she is a hindrance to the SNP given she is under investigation.

It came after she said sorry for the Scottish Government’s inability to dual the A9 by 2025.

Fergus Ewing, who was her rural affairs secretary, asked whether she would apologise to people in the Highlands.

Sturgeon said: “I am sorry we haven’t dualled the road by 2025. I regret that, and I think people in the Highlands have every right to feel the way they do, not just because a target was set and not met, but the nature of the project.

“The loss of life is a matter of deep regret for everyone.”

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