FM must convince people she stands up for all of Scotland


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said it is to Nicola Sturgeon's credit that she public condemned SNP councillors who were filmed burning copies of the Smith Agreement but warned that she still has a challenge to convince people that she stands up for all of Scotland.

Mr Rennie said:

"It is to Nicola Sturgeon's credit that she responded promptly to condemn the behaviour of her own councillors.

"The longer term challenge for the First Minister is that these senior SNP members are not lone voices. So many nationalists rose to the defence of the councillors in defiance of the SNP leadership.

"The radical package of powers agreed by the all party Smith Commission should be celebrated rather than burnt in a bin.  Yet for these nationalists everything short of independence is condemned as dangerous.

"Nicola Sturgeon still has a challenge to convince us her party stands for all of Scotland rather than just the 45% who backed her in the referendum."


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