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Jun
2017
Wednesday 14th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

FOUR MPs have put themselves forward to be the SNP’s new Westminster leader after Angus Robertson lost his seat in the general election.

Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber), Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West), Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) and Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East) are all vying to succeed him.

The winner will be announced this evening as Parliament gets back to business.

All four declared that they were standing on Twitter.

The contest comes after Mr Robertson lost the Moray seat he had held since 2001 to Tory Douglas Ross.

His was one of the party’s high-profile defeats on election night, losing the seat by 18,478 votes to 22,637.

The SNP won 35 seats in last week’s election, down 21 from 2015, with the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all making gains across Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has admitted the issue of another independence referendum was a factor in the party’s dissapointing result last Thursday, and she said the SNP will reflect on its plan amid calls for it to be taken off the table.




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