‘She is in serious trouble!’ SNP savaged for ‘incompetent’ defence of Sturgeon after leak

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP facing ‘biggest row’ in Scottish politics

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SNP MP Drew Hendry has faced a strong backlash following his comments on the Today Programme on Friday morning. Mr Hendry dismissed the leak and claimed the enquiry had been prejudging SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. He added people should wait until James Hamilton’s independent inquiry and reaction from the public first.

However, many listeners argued the SNP had shown their incompetence in failing to call for Ms Sturgeon’s resignation and were in serious trouble.

BBC Scotland correspondent Ms Smith said on the Today Programme: “We have got elections in just seven weeks time and we have got the biggest row that has ever consumed the SNP in Scottish politics.

“It is absolutely enormous particularly because of the timing, expect through the election to hear again and again calls for Nicola Sturgeon to resign.

“This matters to the SNP because she is not just a leader, she is just a dominant figure within them.

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“Her personal profile is absolutely vital.”

SNP MP Drew Hendry was then questioned by host Mishal Husain on whether Nicola Sturgeon should resign if the committee reports officially concluded that Nicola Sturgeon is indeed guilty of misleading the enquiry.

Mr Hendry quickly attacked the Tory Party and insisted they had passed judgment well before Ms Sturgeon had given evidence.

He added it was more important to wait for the findings of QC James Hamilton before discussing a resignation.

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He said: “We have to wait and see what James Hamilton QC says in that report.

“I’m not going to do what the Tories have done and prejudge him.

“I’m sure that when Nicola Sturgeon gets the data from that inquiry, I believe it is due very soon, she will be able to answer any questions that come up.”

However, many listeners insisted this leak was very telling for the SNP and showed the party and Nicola Sturgeon were in “serious trouble.”

One social media user wrote on Twitter: “Drew Hendry flapping like a big ostrich on Today.

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“Nice to see just shouting Tories is the SNP defence strategy, Sturgeon is in serious trouble.”

Another added: “Drew Hendry blustering on Today relying on the hope that James Hamilton will decide Ms Sturgeon did not mislead Parliament and the polls.

“No apology for his leader misleading Parliament, incompetent SNP.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “So Drew Hendry on being asked should Sturgeon resign replied inquiry prejudged Sturgeon so let’s wait for the James Hamilton inquiry and then the public.

“So, it is like indyrefumptyfour, let’s rerun the judgments until we get the result we need.”

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