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Love triangle MP set to quit role as SNP deputy

By Sam Lister

Published 23/05/2016

Stewart Hosie quit his role as deputy leader
Stewart Hosie quit his role as deputy leader

An MP at the centre of love triangle allegations has announced he is quitting as deputy leader of the Scottish National Party.

Stewart Hosie said he wanted to "apologise for any hurt and upset" he has caused and will step back from the role to concentrate on his constituency, responsibilities at Westminster and his health.

The MP is alleged to have had an affair with Westminster journalist Serena Cowdy, who was previously said to have been involved with Angus MacNeil, who represents Na h-Eileanan an Iar in Parliament.

Mr Hosie (Dundee East) said the "intense scrutiny" of his private life had been "very difficult" to deal with.

In a letter to Nicola Sturgeon, he wrote: "I am writing to you firstly to apologise for any hurt and upset I have caused to friends, family and colleagues. That was never my intention.

"I am also writing to tell you of my intention not to seek re-election as deputy leader of the SNP at this year's annual conference."

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