Alex Salmond is facing a growing clamour from opposition parties to reveal the full extent of his links to controversial media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
This comes as Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont laid down the gauntlet to Salmond, urging him to produce documentary evidene supporting his claims that conversations conducted between the two had been about securing jobs in Scotland – and not about support for the SNP.
The challenge came in a letter to the First Minister in which Salmond was pressed to divulge details of meetings with Ministers and agencies which would serve to validate assertions that there was no connection between the talks and the Scottish Sun’s decision to support the SNP.
Labour leader Ed Milliband accused Salmond of being an “undercover lobbyist” for Salmond, adding: "I think the revelations are shocking. The First Minister has questions to answer. If it is about a campaign to bring jobs to Glasgow why wasn't he open about it. What he actually did was act as an undercover lobbyist for Rupert Murdoch."