Nicola Sturgeon told to come clean on private email

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to offer "full disclosure" on her use of private emails after originally failing to tell MSPs about it when asked.

The First Minister only admitted to the use of a SNP email account after the Times newspaper published a leaked memo which proved she had used it for the last four years.

One of Sturgeon's special advisers advised officials to use the personal account for urgent business. 

Concerns have been raised that the FM could avoid scrutiny and subvert Freedom of Information laws and other government information retention rules.

Sturgeon said any government business carried out on the account would be subject to FoI laws. 

However the SNP account is ultimately controlled by the party's chief executive Peter Murrell, Sturgeon's husband, with government officials unlikely to monitor the account to ensure it meets standards.

In a letter to the FM, Scottish Labour's Elaine Smith said Sturgeon should offer "complete disclosure" on the matter.

"Any emails concerning government business should be covered by Freedom of Information legislation. But in light of the First Minister's failure to be transparent about her use of this account, she should now begin to restore confidence by providing proof that no government business has been conducted or discussed through this account," Smith said.

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