Nicola Sturgeon accused of ‘throwing away promise’ in election plot as Ross hits out

Douglas Ross criticises Sturgeon over IndyRef2 mandate

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Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross savaged Nicola Sturgeon during a scathing rant against the SNP. While speaking on Times Radio, Mr Ross insisted the SNP told voters that they would not consider support for them in the Holyrood election a vote for another Scottish independence referendum. However, Mr Ross raged that Ms Sturgeon has already begun talking about a referendum possibility again.

He claimed the SNP had misled people to win more votes from both sides of the independent Scotland debate.

Mr Ross said: “I understand this is getting a lot of attention today but Nicola Sturgeon has been saying it is a matter of ‘when, not if’ regarding a second referendum since 2014.

“This was when SNP and the separatists lost the referendum in 2014.

“They continued to say if not when for a second one, I am not surprised.

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“What I am disappointed in is Nicola Sturgeon saying during this campaign that a vote for the SNP would not be taken as a vote for a second referendum.

“As soon as the campaign was over and the ballot boxes had been shut they started talking about independence again.”

The Times Radio host commented on the SNP’s campaign in the lead-up to last week’s vote.

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Mr Ross claimed this strategy had “misled” voters “in a significant way”.

He said: “She did this by saying they could vote for Nicola Sturgeon or the SNP and that would not be taken as a mandate for a second independence referendum.

“Before all the votes had been counted and declared Nicola Sturgeon had thrown away that promise and demanded another referendum all over again.”

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On Good Morning Britain, host Susanna Reid engaged with the SNP’s Ian Blackford over-inflating the support for Scottish independence.

Ms Reid said: “It looks like people have voted for the leaders that have been in charge.

“We have seen that with Labour in Wales, we have seen that with Boris Johnson in England and we have seen that with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland.

“This was not a vote for independence, the polls do not show overwhelming support for independence.”

Mr Blackford replied: “I don’t think anyone can be mistaken Susanna that the SNP stands for Scottish independence.”

The SNP were contacted for comment on Mr Ross’ claims. 

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