Murray Foote’s departure adds pressure on SNP CEO Peter Morell to apologize over the scandal — and possibly resign himself, reports our sister The Herald.
In an explosive statement, Foote, a former Daily Record editor who joined the SNP operation three years ago, said he was resigning after being let down by the party leadership while “acting in good faith”.
He said the information he relayed on behalf of SNP HQ proved to have “serious problems” and “created a serious hurdle for my role”.
Last month, he issued “consensual partisan responses” to the media smearing a newspaper report that the party had lost 30,000 members.
This week, the party admitted that its membership was already 30,000 fewer than the previously published figure.
In light of recent events, a brief update from me: pic.twitter.com/gSwuGjYgLD
– Murray Foote (@murrayf00te) March 17, 2023
This led to calls for Mr. Morrell to apologize to the journalist whose accurate reporting had discredited him, and seriously undermined Foote’s ability to win trust among journalists.
In a statement tonight, Mr Foot said: “Acting in good faith and as a tribute to colleagues at party headquarters, I have issued agreed party responses to media inquiries regarding membership. It later became clear that there were serious issues in these responses.
“As a result, I have concluded that this created a serious barrier to my role and have resigned from my position with the SNP pool at Holyrood.”
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