SNP Humiliation After I Entered In England Only Important Issue – “Stop Giving Sturgeon A Free Trip”
It came before Labour’s Lisa Nandy demanded the SNP were barred from entering debates surrounding England. Speaking at an event in Glasgow on Monday, Ms Nandy, the Labour leader hopeful, hinted that the SNP should no longer be given a platform during UK-wide debates.
She stated that it was time to “stop giving the SNP a free ride” when it came to appearances on shows like Question Time.
The MP for Wigan claimed she did not understand why the First Minister of Scotland was making appearances on the Question Tie leader’s debate while the leader of Scottish Labour was not included.
A video of the event was sent to Scotland’s, The National, publication, where Ms Nandy can be heard saying: “If Nicola Sturgeon is on a platform – the Question Time leaders’ special for example – then I think the leader of Scottish Labour ought to be on that platform.
“I do not understand why we are giving [the SNP and Plaid Cymru] a free ride to slate our reputation in Scotland and Wales while we have to stand on the same platform and speak to the whole of the UK.
“They wanna have a UK-wide debate, fine, they’re not in it. They wanna have a Scottish debate, great, we’ll put up our leader thank you, and you can debate with them.”
While the SNP were backed by 45 percent of voters in Scotland, Scottish Labour received less than 19 percent of the vote share.
In response to Ms Nandy’s comments, SNP deputy leader, Keith Brown, said: “Lisa Nandy is clearly terrified at the prospect of debating Nicola Sturgeon, but whoever becomes the next Labour leader will have to do just that.”
Adding to the controversy, in the video, Ms Nandy also revelled that Westminster MPs still do not fully understand devolution.
Referring to her time as Shadow Children’s Minister, Ms Nandy recounted how she once table a series of amendments on the Children and Families Bill, only to receive a phone call from Scotland’s only Labour MP who said it drove “a coach of horses” through the devolution settlement.
She said: “These were just … I thought they were fairly bland amendments about children’s commissioners but they weren’t.