Peter Murrell, husband of Sturgeon resign as SNP chief

Peter Murrell, husband of Sturgeon resign as SNP chief

Peter Murrell, the Scottish National Party's chief executive and Nicola Sturgeon's husband resigned with immediate effect.

Reports had suggested that Murrell had been threatened with a vote of no confidence and told to resign by the end of Saturday.

It comes after the departure of SNP media chief Murray Foote, who left on Friday amid a row over the party's membership numbers.

In a statement, Murrell said: Responsibility for the SNP's responses to media queries about our membership number lies with me as chief executive. I accept that this has been the outcome, even though there was no intent to mislead. I have decided to step down as Chief Executive with immediate effect.

I had not planned to confirm this decision until after the leadership election. As my future has become a distraction from the campaign I have concluded that I should stand down now so that the party can focus fully on issues about Scotland's future.

The national secretary is running the election and I haven't had any role in it at any point.