The first minister has referred herself to a standards panel over her actions during an investigation into Alex Salmond.

Nicola Sturgeon made phone calls and took meetings with Mr Salmond while claims of sexual harassment – which he denies – were being investigated.

She said it was in the interest of the complainants that she should be examined under the ministerial code.

However, she also said she “acted appropriately and in good faith.”

Ms Sturgeon said: “It is in

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