RUTH DAVIDSON WEAKENED AS INFLUENCE EBBS AWAY.
WORCESTER MP APPOINTMENT SHOWS LACK OF TALENT IN SCOTTISH TORIES.
The SNP has said the appointment of Worcester MP Robin Walker to the Scotland Office is another snub to Ruth Davidson whose influence is rapidly ebbing away.
The move comes after David Mundell was sacked as Scottish Secretary and replaced with hardline Brexiteer Alister Jack, despite pleas from Ruth Davidson to keep Mundell in place.
Tommy Sheppard MP said Robin Walker’s appointment as a junior minister revealed the lack of talent among Scottish Tory MPs, who were not offered the role, and have said they are “stunned, baffled, incredulous” in response to the move.
The SNP Scotland Office spokesperson added Westminster was becoming more extreme and out of touch with Scotland by the day. As Boris Johnson’s government presses ahead with plans to impose a devastating Brexit against Scotland’s will.
Commenting, Tommy Sheppard MP said:
“This is another humiliating snub for Ruth Davidson, whose influence is rapidly ebbing away and who must be concerned a leadership challenge will be in sight.
“It is staggering that Boris Johnson thought a Brexiteer Tory MP for Worcester would be a better appointment to the Scotland Office than any of the Scottish Tories – revealing their lack of talent.
“Yet again, Scotland is being ignored by Westminster, and Robin Walker’s appointment demonstrates how little regard the Tory government has for Scotland’s views and interests.
“Westminster is becoming more extreme and out of touch with Scotland by the day – as the Tory government prepares to take us off the Brexit cliff edge against our will.
“Any pretence that Scotland will be treated as an equal partner in the UK has long been abandoned. It’s clearer than ever that the only way to properly protect our interests is by becoming an equal and independent European country.”
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