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What’s on today: Nicola Sturgeon faces the music and Rishi Sunak pays out – Evening Express

Nicola Sturgeon and Rishi Sunak will play starring roles today in a huge day for both Scottish and UK politics.

The First Minister will appear in front of the Salmond inquiry committee and will face testing questions about her government’s handling of harassment allegations against Alex Salmond.

The Scottish Conservatives have already called for her to resign after legal documents were published last night that said the government was told that they were likely to lose their legal fight with Mr Salmond by their lawyers.

Further evidence from two other witnesses also called into question her version of events, leading to claims that she has misled parliament.

Former first minister Alex Salmond

Ms Sturgeon is up against the biggest threat to her career as she faces the inquiry today at 9am.

You can watch live on Parliament TV, or tune into our live blog.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said there was “no longer any doubt that Nicola Sturgeon lied to the Scottish Parliament and broke the ministerial code on numerous counts.”

Furlough to be extended as Rishi Sunak talks Budget

Rishi Sunak is announcing the latest Budget today and is expected to layout a three-point economic plan focused on supporting people through the Covid-19 pandemic.

rishi sunak
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Already confirmed is an extension to the furlough scheme, which will now run until the end of September.

Employers will be asked to pay in alongside the taxpayer for the cost of furloughed employees from July.

More than 300,000 Scots workers are currently supported by this scheme.

Ahead of the Budget, the Chancellor said: “Our Covid support schemes have been a lifeline to millions, protecting jobs and incomes across the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

“There’s now light at the end of the tunnel with a roadmap for reopening, so it’s only right that we continue to help business and individuals through the challenging months ahead – and beyond.”

£27m funding will also be given to the north-east to help create an energy transition zone (ETZ).

This will help transform the north-east into a globally competitive hub for cleaner energies.

There will also be a £5m boost to help build a global underwater engineering hub in the city.

£27m will be given to help change the oil and gas industry

The Budget will be delivered by Mr Sunak in the House of Commons at 12.3opm.

You can watch this live on BBC, Sky News and through Parliament TV.

You can also keep track of what is happening on our live blog.

 

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