Alex Salmond has been cleared of sexually assaulting nine women. The former Scottish first minister released this statement outside court:
'Ladies and gentlemen, just over a year ago, when we finished the Civil Action and Judicial Review, I said I had great faith in the court system in Scotland. That faith has been much reinforced today. So I'd like to start by explaining that faith and thanking the jury for their decision. I'd also like to thank the court service who have been courteous beyond limit over the last two weeks and for the police officers who've manned this trial under these extraordinary circumstances.
Obviously, above all, I'd like to thank my friends and family for standing by me. Over the last two years, I'd like to thank my brilliant legal team who are absolutely exceptional.