The SNP’s chief executive will face a vote of no confidence unless he announces a plan to resign today, a senior member of the party’s ruling governing body has told Sky News.
Peter Murrell, who is also Nicola Sturgeon’s husband, is accused of undermining the current leadership contest, according to the NEC member.
Yesterday the SNP’s head of communications quit after it emerged he inadvertently provided bogus membership numbers to a journalist.
Murray Foote was told to deny reports the party had lost 30,000 members branding them “inaccurate” and “drivel”.
In the face of claims the integrity of the leadership process was being undermined by a refusal to issue membership data, the party was forced to confirm the sharp fall in support.
The source within the NEC told Sky News: “The buck stops with Peter… he shouldn’t have thrown a junior member of staff under the bus.”
It is understood the NEC is demanding a commitment from Mr Murrell today over his exit strategy.