Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale in Twitter clash on SNP-Labour “deal”

Stuart Rodger

Leaders of Scotland’s two second largest parties clash over comments made by shadow secretary of state for Scotland

SCOTTISH Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale have clashed on Twitter following reports that the shadow secretary of state for Scotland said Labour “may well” have to consider a deal with the SNP.

The clash concerns comments from Dave Anderson MP, who said in an interview: “It is far too early to even contemplate that but what I am not prepared to do on behalf of the Labour party nationally is to rule that out completely. If that is the price that we have to pay to prevent another rabid right-wing Tory government then, I tell you what it is, we have got to at least think about it and discuss it.”

Anderson, a former care worker and miner and MP for Blaydon in the Tyne and Wear, was recently appointed to the shadow secretary post following Ian Murray’s resignation from the shadow cabinet, which left Labour without any MPs north of the border willing to serve on the party’s front bench.

The move was rounded on by the Scottish Tories, who said it demonstrated Labour cannot be trusted to preserve the union and hold the SNP to account. Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: "This is the latest proof that Jeremy Corbyn and Kezia Dugdale simply can' t be trusted to defend the United Kingdom against the threat from the SNP separatists.”










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