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SNP chaos: George Galloway calls on Scots to vote against SNP in May election
March 7, 2021
George Galloway urges Scots to vote against SNP
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George Galloway from Alliance for Unity has said he will be voting Conservative for the first time ever to stop the SNP. The former Labour MP likened the election to a referendum on Scottish independence. While Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has made clear he is in charge of his party’s campaign in the run-up to the election.
Speaking on RT, Mr Galloway said: “Here’s a declaration you never expected to be hearing from me.
“I’ll be voting Conservative in the elections in May on my constituency vote for the first time in my life because my local MSP is a Conservative.
“The challenger to him is the SNP so my view that everyone should vote for the best placed candidate standing against the SNP. This is a one-off election.
“It’s a referendum on a referendum. It’s an attempt to stop the neverendum.”
It comes as a new poll has found a majority of Scots would vote to remain in the United Kingdom if an independence referendum were to be held tomorrow.
The survey of 1,015 Scots suggests 46 percent would vote against Scottish independence, compared to 43 percent in favour and 10 percent who are undecided.
When unsure voters are excluded, the poll by Savanta ConRes for the Scotland on Sunday newspaper indicates 52 percent to 48 percent in favour of the union.
The poll is the first to be carried out since Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond gave evidence to the Holyrood inquiry into the unlawful investigation of the former first minister.
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Carried out in the two days after the current First Minister appeared before the committee, the survey found 35 percent of respondents said the inquiry was making them less likely to vote for independence.
Another 16 percent said the inquiry was making them more likely to vote Yes, with 41 percent saying it had made no difference
According to the poll, 43 percent said their trust in Ms Sturgeon had fallen due to the inquiry.
But trust in Mr Salmond has fallen even more, with 57% stating believing him less than before the inquiry began.
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The Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints was set up after Mr Salmond successfully challenged the lawfulness of the government’s investigation of him.
The former SNP leader, who led the Yes campaign in the 2014 independence referendum, was awarded a £512,250 payout after it emerged the investigating officer was found to have had prior contact with two of the female complainers.
At Edinburgh’s Court of Session, Lord Pentland described the investigation as “unlawful” and “tainted by apparent bias” after the Government conceded the judicial review the week before the case was due to be heard in court.
In the wake of the collapsed case, Mr Salmond has claimed there was a “malicious” plot to prolong the Government’s defence of the flawed investigation in the hope a looming criminal trial would “ride to the rescue” and spare them defeat in court.