Herald poll: Should Nicola Sturgeon maintain her 24-hour police protection?

The £600,000-a-year security team remained in place, although she quit her job in March amid concerns about threats she had received in the past.

However, as she is now simply and MSP, she has had Police Scotland’s 24 hour insurance withdrawn from her, in line with procedures put in place during the tenure of her predecessors.

Neither Alex Salmond, Jack McConnell nor Henry McLeish were given permanent security after leaving the top job and Ms Sturgeon is reportedly looking forward to getting back to normal without bodyguards following her every step.

However, it is claimed that there are still concerns about her safety given the threats she has received in the past.

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Former Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone, who retired this month, and the Scottish Government’s top official, Secretary of State John-Paul Marks, have signed the amendments.

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Welcoming the news, Scottish Conservative MSP and Shadow Justice Minister Russell Findlay said: “With the SNP having cut Police Scotland’s budget by hundreds of millions of pounds, police are having to make some incredibly difficult spending decisions to keep the people of Scotland safe .”

“However, the decision to remove Nicola Sturgeon’s £600,000 annual insurance coverage was taken after a rigorous and painstaking assessment of all potential risks.”

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