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The First Minister was blasted by Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine who told TalkRADIO Nicola Sturgeon and her party represent less than 50 percent of the population in Scotland and should stop pretending they can speak for everyone in the country. The staunch anti-Brexit campaigner said she was “sick and tired” of the SNP claiming they can speak for the whole country just because they “make the most noise” about Scottish independence and EU membership.
She said: “I made a speech in Parliament about this just over a week ago.
“I’m sick and tired of the SNP claiming that they speak for Scotland.
“They don’t. They speak for 45 percent of the people of Scotland. That’s less than half.
“So more than half of the people of Scotland are spoken for by Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
“We are not full squared, 100 percent behind the SNP.
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“They just make the most noise and they make the most fuss about the support.”
She added: “Everything is not as pro-SNP in Scotland as very often we are led to believe.”
The First Minister also suffered a blow from her own party members when Scottish SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC acknowledged on Monday that further resistance from her party to Brexit would be pointless.
Ms Cherry hit back on social media after Angus Robertson, a fellow member and former deputy leader of the party, took a thinly veiled dig at her.
He issued a sharp dig as he confirmed, like Ms Cherry, he would be seeking the nomination for the Edinburgh Central constituency – currently held by former Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson – in the Holyrood election next year.
In doing so, Mr Robertson said: “At present Ruth Davidson holds this seat for the Tories with a tiny 610-vote majority and I believe that I can win here with the support of SNP members and voters of all parties who don’t want to see the area represented by a pro-Brexit MSP.
“If you want to elect a hard-working, local MSP, with high-profile national experience who will support First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and deliver independence, please support my campaign.”
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His remarks about support for the First Minister were interpreted as a swipe against Ms Cherry, who is seen as closer to Ms Sturgeon’s predecessor as SNP leader Alex Salmond.
Ms Cherry, who represents Edinburgh South West at Westminster and was herself the leading litigant in the successful Scottish court case challenge to the five-week prorogation of Parliament by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, tweeted: “The trouble with pitching for @theSNP Holyrood #2021 as the anti #Brexit candidate is that #Brexit has happened.
“Despite the best efforts of those of us who fought it tooth & nail.
“The issue now is how we secure #independence & #Scotland’s Future in Europe.”
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