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BBC's James Cook condemns Twitter abuse in wake of SNP Sturgeon report


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

April 6, 2015 | 5 min read

BBC journalist James Cook has hit out at the “vicious abuse” he received after questioning Nicola Sturgeon about a Telegraph report that she said she would prefer to see the Conservative Party win the general election.

Sparking Cook’s line of questioning was a leaked memo in which SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was quoted saying she would prefer David Cameron to remain in power after the general election in order to help her consolidate Scotland against Tory austerity measures.

Cook said that he had spoken to members of the SNP who could see a Conservative win in the general election as a catalyst for Scottish independence in a TV interview.

Sturgeon did not comment on the accusation stating she did not know whether or not it was true.

Following the social media backlash, Sturgeon addressed Cook's critics.

NUJ Scotland also condemned the criticism.

Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has since launched an inquiry into how Sturgeon’s supposed conversation with the French ambassador ended up in the Telegraph’s hands.

Following the report, the Telegraph came under fire on Twitter with social media users calling into questioning its political impartiality.

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