Nicola Sturgeon: Insider discusses possibility of resignation
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The First Minister has come under fire from her own party in recent days, with SNP grandee Jim Sillars calling for a “revolt” against the leadership. The former deputy leader of the SNP, warned there must be a change at the top of the party as soon as possible, amid huge divisions over Scottish independence strategy and the ongoing inquiry involving former First Minister Alex Salmond.
Former Labour and Respect Party MP George Galloway said the scathing assessment from Mr Sillars shows “the end is near for Nicola Sturgeon” and warned “her days are numbered”.
A number of passionate Express.co.uk agreed with the assessments of Mr Sillars and Mr Galloway, and mocked the SNP chief.
Writing in the comments section of an earlier Express.co.uk story, one reader wrote: “Her staggering incompetence has become so glaring that the party has no choice but to give her the boot.”
Another reader said: “How has she survived so long, misguided and useless.”
A third added: “I really can’t believe that all Scots would be happy to have another 5 years of this joke Sturgeon and her useless Govt.”
Meanwhile, a fourth simply said: “Yes – Hurry up and go!”
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Galloway claimed the SNP are in “tatters” and insisted the party is “tearing themselves to pieces”.
He said: “Jim Sillars, the former deputy leader of the SNP and a highly respected figure, called for a revolt from within the SNP to overthrow the current leadership.
“He said if that doesn’t happen, then he can’t vote for the SNP.”
In a scathing assessment, the 66-year-old Scot added: “The end is near for Nicola Sturgeon.
“The party is in open revolt and big names are calling on her to be removed.
“You can be sure that her days are numbered.”
Ms Sturgeon has called for a second independence referendum to be held if the SNP wins a majority at Scottish parliament elections in May.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to sanction another vote arguing the 2014 referendum was a “once in a generation event”.
More than 20 consecutive polls have showed support in favour of independence.
However, support for the SNP appears to be slipping according to the latest research released by Savanta ComRes on Thursday.
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The data published in The Scotsman suggested 47 percent of people were in favour of independence, with 42 percent opposed against breaking up the UK. and 10 percent undecided.
When undecided voters were excluded it put those in favour of leaving the UK at 53 percent – down four points since January.
The poll also showed a drop of eight points in the number of Scots who think the SNP is “united” – down from 50 percent last month to 42 percent.
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