BLACKMAN: 'Most folks don't give two hoots about whether Scotland is a member of the union'

  • Kristy Ellis
In the wake of recent sexual harassment scandals Kirsty Blackman, the SNPs deputy leader at Westminster, has started to reject hugs in the workplace.

In an article with the Guardian entitled "Excuse me, I'd rather shake hands" Ms Blackman has suggested recent events should change British politics for the better.

Ms Blackman said:

We have got this massive opportunity to change culture now. We can change culture in the House of Commons, we can change culture across society, if we take this opportunity – so I don’t think we should let this go quiet”
The article suggests that Ms Blackman was not too keen to discuss independence. Ms Blackman says she is not in Westminster to pressure the government for a referendum.

Ms Blackman said:

I don’t think most folk in their daily lives give two hoots about whether Scotland is a member of the union. The constitutional issues are not the biggest concern for an awful lot of people and, in fact, I very rarely talk about Scottish independence in the chamber, because I talk about things that matter to the people of Aberdeen.
Ms Blackman insists the SNP, which has now been in government in Holyrood for a decade, can keep voters’ enthusiasm alive – despite recent criticism over schools policy and planned tax increases.

Ms Blackman said:

Keeping interest in a political movement is difficult for all parties, and it’s something that every party grapples with. We need to keep doing new and exciting things; we need to keep being progressive. We need to continue being a competent party of government, and we need to keep giving people things to look forward to.
You can read the full Guardian article here
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.