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Jardine: SNP need to take a decade off independence

November 14, 2017 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking as Parliament today (13th November) debates a petition on Scottish independence, Liberal Democrat Scottish spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said:

"The SNP lost seats at both the Scottish election and the general election in June because the public are sick of their divisive independence drive.

"After a decade in power their desperation to break up the UK has stultified debate to the point that every issue is seen through the lense of the constitution, even as public services have been left to decline.

"The Smith Commission brought extensive new powers to the Scottish Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon should tell her party to take a decade off from independence and focus on using those powers to tackle the problems of their own making in our health service, education system and police. People would welcome that across the whole country.

"Liberal Democrats stand with the majority of people in Scotland who voted for Scotland at the heart of the UK and the UK at the heart of Europe. We offer a dynamic vision of a country that is open, tolerant and united. That's why more and more people are joining us and rejecting the petty griping of the SNP."