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The Telegraph
The Telegraph
8 Apr 2023 W37xZCO8BoQ

The election of Humza Yousaf as leader of the SNP has moved the dial in Scottish politics.

After a long period of dominance, the party's lead in the polls is shrinking and opponents are sensing a huge opportunity ahead of next year's general election.

It comes as police investigate the SNP’s finances, with Nicola Sturgeon's husband Peter Murrell - the party’s former chief executive - arrested as part of the probe.

Three major political players spoke to the Telegraph in this special video report. 

  • Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, urged Tory voters in Scotland to vote Labour to oust the SNP.

“I will always encourage Scottish conservative voters to vote Scottish conservative, but I think generally the public can see, and they want the parties to accept, that where there is the strongest candidate to beat the SNP, you get behind that candidate.”

  • Anas Sarwar, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, called on Keir Starmer to change gender recognition laws if the party wins the next general election.

“Learn a lesson from Scotland, look to build a consensus, look to see what more you can do within the existing legislation to give greater protections and greater reassurance, and find that more consensual way forward over a longer period of time, rather than rushing to something that is going to just further divide people across the country.”

  • The SNP’s Alison Thewliss told us “Scotland is a very different place” compared to 2014 as she made the case for another independence referendum.

“The arguments that were made in 2014 have fallen away one by one. One of those major arguments was that Scotland would lose its place in the EU if we voted for independence. Well we’ve lost our place in the EU, that has gone. We have seen the chaos that has caused.”

We also spoke to voters about the new First Minister, the future of the independence movement and the state of public services in Scotland.

Watch the documentary above and, for more videos, subscribe to The Telegraph’s YouTube channel.

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