Wendy Alexander faces one day suspension
Standards Committee of the Scottish Parliament is considering whether she should be suspended.
It has been another traumatic day for the Scottish Labour Leader Wendy Alexander. The Scottish Parliament's Standards Committee has voted to suspend her from Parliament for a day for failing to register donations to her leadership campaign. She insists she will remain as Labour Leader as she suffers the potential humiliation of being the first party chief to be banned from Parliament.
Having survived a succession of leadership blows, Wendy Alexander was today back in the political dock and this time her fate rested in the hands of her peers. Yesterday the Standard's Committee ruled she'd breached the rules by not declaring a series of donations to her campaign to become Scottish Labour leader - today the body met to decide her sentence.
Ahead of that ruling Ms Alexander was unusually tight lipped. At First Minister's Question we found out why - she had lost her voice.
She would soon learn she is to be silenced again - but this time through suspension. After nearly three years hours of private deliberations the Committee delivered a split decision.
She is not the first MSP to face suspension. In 2005, four Scottish Socialist MSPs were booted out for a month after making this G8 protest. A year later Lib Dem MSP Mike Pringle was handed a three-day suspension for allegedly leaking a committee report. Former MSP Brian Monteith was suspended for a week for issuing a press release ahead of a report.
The Nationalists say her position as party leader is now in doubt, although Labour say she is going nowwhere. But following today's events, Wendy Alexander's future is again in doubt.