Pressure on Alex over Link to Papers
Byline: Torcuil Crichton
ALEX Salmond is coming under pressure to reveal his links to the Murdoch newspapers which backed him to become First Minister.
Salmond has been pilloried by opponents for dragging his feet on the phone-hacking scandal.
He only broke his silence on it last week when Labour leader Iain Gray questioned why he had said nothing.
And he has not joined other Scottish political leaders in calling for News International boss Rebekah Brooks to resign.
Now he is being asked questions on his personal connections to News International after it emerged he attended a celebration dinner to thank the newspapers for backing the SNP in the Scottish election.
Glasgow Provan Labour MSP Paul Martin said: "I suspect Alex Salmond's sudden and close relationship with News International explains his refusal to criticise the people who backed him so strongly last May."
Labour said they knew NI hosted a business breakfast for the SNP just weeks before polling day and that NI officials came to Holyrood to discuss the SNP election strategy in detail.
Most recently, he went for a …
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Publication information: Article title: Pressure on Alex over Link to Papers. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). Publication date: July 11, 2011. Page number: 4. © 2009 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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