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Civil servants accused of bias during Scotland’s independence referendum

MPs say senior figures in Edinburgh and London promoted agendas of political parties, breaching duty of impartiality

Senior civil servants in Edinburgh and London have been accused of serious breaches of their duty of impartiality by taking partisan positions during Scotland’s independence referendum.

In a stinging report naming two permanent secretaries, MPs on the public administration select committee said Scottish government officials wrongly allowed public money to be used for Alex Salmond’s white paper on independence, which had veered into becoming a party manifesto.

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