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Alex Salmond will not give evidence on Wednesday to the inquiry into how the Scottish government handled complaints against him.

A Scottish Parliament spokesperson said the former first minister had told the committee he would not be attending.

He has now offered to appear before MSPs on Friday.

The move came after the parliament withdrew and then republished a revised version of one of Mr Salmond’s submissions to the inquiry.

The Crown Office had raised “grave concerns” about its publication.

Mr Salmond’s lawyers had described the parliament’s decision as a “significant surprise and concern” which could

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