Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

SNP crisis: Galloway’s election masterplan to force Sturgeon OUT – ‘Time for her to go!’

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The SNP has been Scotland’s ruling political party for more than 13 years after fighting off opposition from the Conservatives and Labour in the country to win three successive Scottish elections in 2007, 2011 and 2016. Nicola Sturgeon became the SNP’s leader and Scotland’s First Minister in 2014, leading the party to general election victory in Scotland less than two years later. The SNP also crushed its rivals in last December’s UK general election, winning a further 13 seats to now hold a huge 48 of the 59 seats available from Scotland in Westminster.

But the First Minister has come under increasing pressure this year over her handling of the coronavirus crisis in Scotland, which has seen nearly 35,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,500 deaths.

She has also been criticised in some quarters for her continued campaign to force a second referendum on Scottish independence – despite the country voting in favour of remaining part of the UK during a historic referendum in 2014.

Former Labour MP Mr Galloway recently established the political campaign group Alliance for Unity, which aims to force out the SNP and end all hopes of Scottish independence.

He has also launched a campaign for a vote of no confidence to be called in Ms Sturgeon and her SNP Government, with the Change.org already receiving more than 30,000 signatures and a wave of support from those opposed to the First Minister and her party.

Mr Galloway has stepped up his campaign, warning the SNP are now in “tatters” and has called on pro-Union supporters to pile the pressure on them.

He told Express.co.uk: “The SNP is in tatters, and now is the time for those of us who support the Union to make that pressure count.

“They are beginning to turn and it’s time to chase them off the field at the election in May.

“It is now time for Nicola Sturgeon to go. I started a petition for her resignation and it quickly gained tens of thousands of votes.

“It is only treading water now because Resign Margaret Ferrier, another of my petitions, is trending on social media and is the call of the hour.”

Mr Galloway said the only way to defeat Ms Sturgeon and the SNP at next year’s Scottish elections is to form a “cross-class, cross-party alliance”.

He explained this would mean pro-Union parties standing down in constituencies where they know they can’t win, and stepping up efforts in areas of Scotland where they are confident they can be victorious.

A similar tactic was introduced by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage in the run up to last December’s UK general election, where he stood down dozens of the group’s members in constituencies that were likely to be dominated by rivals.

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Mr Galloway explained: “The SNP is not a party – it is an alliance.

“It’s cross-class, cross-party alliance, stretching from would-be Irish republicans in parts of Glasgow and Lanarkshire, and brogues, tweeds and troughs up in the Highlands and islands.

“We need a cross-class, cross-party alliance to defeat them.

“That means the pro-Union parties standing down where they can’t win, so that the best place pro-Union candidate can defeat them, and that’s what I’m fighting for.”

Mr Galloway’s online petition to force a vote of no confidence in Ms Sturgeon and the Scottish Government has received more than 30,000 signatures.

Launching the campaign on Change.org, he wrote: “As #ResignSturgeon trends across social media, it has become clear that Nicola Sturgeon and her Government are utterly incapable of working for the best interests of the Scottish people and Scotland.

“In the interest of all Scots, it’s time for Nicola Sturgeon to do the right thing – resign, and allow a cross-party government of unity take over to see Scotland through this dark time – created after 13 years of SNP misrule.

“If you agree, then please sign this petition which we will deliver to Holyrood. Scotland deserves better than this haphazard, reckless and foolish SNP administration, which has literally failed lives in their pursuit of the Neverendum and Scottish separatism.

“We, the people of Scotland say enough is enough. We call upon Nicola Sturgeon to resign.”

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