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Galloway confident he will defeat Nicola Sturgeon as ‘day of reckoning’ approaches for SNP
November 28, 2020
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Earlier this month, Mr Galloway announced he was launching a bid to oust ex-SNP MP Margaret Ferrier, who was shamed last month after it was revealed she broke strict coronavirus rules. On October 1, the SNP suspended the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules, with Scotland’s First Minister Mrs Sturgeon calling on her to resign her parliamentary seat. Just under a week later, Ms Ferrier’s constituency association said they had asked her to resign her seat over the scandal, but the former SNP MP has indicated she will not resign as a result of the incident.
Alliance 4 Unity, the campaign group launched by Mr Galloway with the aim of ousting the SNP from the Scottish Government and ending the debate on Scottish independence, said Ms Ferrier’s refusal to resign means it is likely the Parliamentary Standards & Privileges Committee will eventually have to suspend her for 10 working days.
The move would trigger a recall petition and subsequently could cause a by-election.
Mr Galloway, who was an MP for 28 years before stepping away from frontline politics in 2015, has launched what he describes as the “largest ever Crowdfunder in the history of by-elections”, with the aim of raising £100,000 to stand in Rutherglen and Hamilton West and “take the fight to the SNP”.
He raised over £10,000 within the first week and is confident of ousting the SNP having twice emerged victorious in Parliamentary elections as an Independent.
The day of reckoning for the SNP is fast approaching as they sink in sleaze, incompetence and sheer malevolence
Mr Galloway said: “The day of reckoning for the SNP is fast approaching as they sink in sleaze, incompetence and sheer malevolence.
“Somebody has to topple the SNP.
“If you know a better fighter against the SNP than me, then name them now.
“Nobody has even attempted to contest that point.
“I’m one of the best-known names in Scottish politics in recent decades and very confident we (Alliance 4 Unity) are the best people to defeat the SNP.”
Mr Galloway claimed he is “best placed to beat the SNP” and is “very confident of success” if a by-election consequently triggered over the coming weeks.
The Alliance 4 Unity founder is building a team to lead his campaign, including appointing an election agent to work in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, with premises in the area also soon to be confirmed
The former MP said: “I am best placed to beat the SNP. I previously worked in Hamilton and also know Rutherglen really well.
“I’m already off and running with a big campaign team assembling, an election agent appointed, premises being negotiated and we’re raring to go.
“All we need now is for the Standards and Privileges Committee to conclude as the SNP already have that Margaret Ferrier knowingly conducted a horrific act of superspreading with a positive COVID test in her pocket.
“If that doesn’t warrant a 10-day suspension, I don’t know what does.”
He added: “I was a Scottish Labour MP for nearly 20 years.
“Alliance 4 Unity has 18,000 followers on Twitter, and we have already raised thousands of pounds on our Crowdfunding page.
“I’m very confident we are the best people to defeat the SNP.”