Labour have discovered Nicola Sturgeon wrote a letter to a court in support of a convicted fraudster. They are calling for her resignation.
Abdul Rauf already had a conviction for benefit fraud when he approached Ms Sturgeon, his MSP, to request her help. He had been accused again of defrauding the DWP of £80,000 but explained to her he accepted he was guilty but he had paid back some of the money and was awaiting the sale of his Edinburgh property before he could settle the full amount.
She foolishly wrote to the court that Mr Rauf had suffered from poor health for a number of years and he had a family with children under the age of 10.
"He and his wife are anxious that a custodial sentence may be imposed by the court and of the further affect this will have on Mr Rauf's health and the impact on family life."
Ms Sturgeon's defence is that she acted fully in accordance with her MSP duties. It is all very well to assist constituents but sensible judgements must be made. In this case her judgement was poor, but for labour to call it a resigning matter is laughable.
The SNP needs to ensure their constituency support staff research cases more thoroughly. Only last month Alex Salmond also was found to have acted inappropriately.