Top civil servant Sir Peter Housden resigns

Sir Peter Housden. Picture: Comp

Sir Peter Housden. Picture: Comp

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SCOTLAND’S most senior civil servant Sir Peter Housden is to quit his post after a controversial five-year period in charge.

His time in the £180,000 job as Permanent Secretary saw him face opposition claims he had “gone native” in his relationship with the SNP administration.

But he was cleared of an alleged breach of civil service rules over an internal briefing advising that the referendum debate had left “the status quo lost in the mists of time”.

Sir Peter, who will be 65 this year, will leave at the end of June.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond praised Sir Peter as an “outstanding public servant” and said he handled the referendum process and talks with the UK government “particularly well”.