Nicola Sturgeon under fire for using Covid platform to push Scottish independence ambition

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Tony Miklinski told Nicola Sturgeon is utilising her coronavirus press briefing and regular addresses to the nation to further her “political ambition”. The Scottish Tory said while he supports the First Minister’s decision to place Scotland into lockdown during this phase of the pandemic he has “difficulty” with her using it as an “opportunity” to further her own agenda.

Mr Miklinski said: “I have no difficulty at all with her locking down Scotland.

“What I do have difficulty with is her making political capital out of it.

“And using the opportunity to further her own political ambition which she mostly does.

“Locking people down, unfortunately with all the impact it causes, is a necessity.”

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The Conservative Party leader has also criticised the SNP’s calls for another independence referendum.

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson denounced the SNP’s calls for a second Scottish independence referendum during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Johnson told SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford that he hoped that his party will abandon its narrow nationalist position.

The Prime Minister added that it would be “wonderful” if Nicola Sturgeon’s party stopped calling for another referendum while the UK is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Mr Blackford said: “Will the Prime Minister stop his half measures and join the governments in Scotland and Wales in stricter enforcement on international travel?

“That Prime Minister would be leadership.”

Mr Johnson replied: “I look forward to what the devolved administrations do.

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“I can tell the House of Commons we are putting in some of the toughest measures in the world.”

The Prime Minister added: “The British Army, I am proud to say, have been helping across Scotland to distribute the vaccines that are so essential to our fight back against the virus.

“So I hope that he will abandon his nationalist position, his narrow nationalist position and look at the achievements of the UK overall.

“It would be a wonderful thing if the SNP for a moment stopped talking about their desire for a referendum while we are trying to deal with a pandemic.”

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