SNP voters may turn away from party says Monteith
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A former MSP has warned voters will turn away from the SNP following “a great deal of disruption” for Nicola Sturgeon. Despite Ms Sturgeon being cleared by James Hamilton’s inquiry, former Conservative MSP Brian Monteith told RT the First Minister was “wounded” by the events of the last few weeks. He went on to say it will be down to the public to “cast” their belief on the First Minister at the upcoming Scottish Elections on May 6.
Asked whether he thought Ms Sturgeon was stronger than ever following her survival at her no-confidence vote, Monteith was more sceptical.
The former MSP said: “No, I think she’s wounded frankly.
“I think there is a great deal of disruption in her own party there are many people in the SNP who will not be voting for her or the SNP so long as shes leader.”
Mr Monteith added that it “was no surprise” that Sturgeon survived the no-confidence vote.
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But he warned of challenges to come for the SNP leader who has endured the biggest crisis of her political career over the last few weeks.
A committee investigating whether Nicola Sturgeon misled Parliament in the inquiry into Alex Salmond’s harassment claims on Tuesday found the first Minister did indeed mislead Parliament despite being cleared earlier by the James Hamilton inquiry.
But Monteith said how it will be down to the public to show what they think of the First Minister.
He said: “The election itself is still to come and I think that’s where the public will be able to cast their view.”
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On Tuesday, MSPs voted 65 to 31 to back the First Minister in a no-confidence vote which means she now will not
Ms Sturgeon got the backing of the Greens while Labour and the Liberal Democrats abstained from the vote.
The vote came shortly after an independent inquiry by top QC James Hamilton concluded Nicola Sturgeon did not knowingly break the ministerial code.
In response to the chaos that has unfolded over the last three weeks, Ms Sturgeon said while she “may not have got everything right” in her handling of the inquiry into Alex Salmond’s harassment allegations she insisted she “acted appropriately” and made “the right judgements overall”.
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Prior to the no-confidence vote which was brought by Scottish Conservative MSPs, the committee investigating Ms Sturgeon found “she has misled the Committee on this matter” over when she first knew about harassment complaints against Alex Salmond.
The report stated: “The Committee notes that there is a fundamental contradiction in the evidence in relation to whether, at the meeting on 2 April 2018, the First Minister did or did not agree to intervene.
“Taking account of the competing versions of events, the Committee believes that she did in fact leave Mr Salmond with the impression that she would, if necessary, intervene.”
The Committee said it was a “potential breach of the Ministerial Code under the terms of section 1.3.”
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