• Ayrshire Daily News

No-Confidence vote still going ahead tomorrow despite Greens saying they will not support the motion

Scottish Conservatives are still going ahead with a vote of No-Confidence against FM Nicola Sturgeon tomorrow even though Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said his party would not support the Conservatives' vote of no confidence in the first minister.

Patrick Harvie Said:

“In lodging, a vote of no confidence before this report was published, just as they called for the first minister's resignation before she even gave evidence to the parliamentary committee, the Tories have shown that they have no interest in establishing the truth," he said.

Patrick said James Hamilton had clearly concluded that Nicola Sturgeon did not breach the ministerial code.

He said the independent report "retains credibility in this process, unlike the parliamentary committee which has repeatedly sabotaged its own authority and betrayed the trust of original complainers".

However, the Scottish Tories are still planning a no-confidence vote tomorrow.

Douglas Ross Said:

“The First Minister has been given a pass because it has been judged her “failure of recollection” was “not deliberate.”

“I respect Mr Hamilton and his judgement but we cannot agree with that assessment. Nicola Sturgeon did not suddenly turn forgetful.

“She is not free and clear. The First Minister promised to ‘respect the decisions’ of both inquiry reports, not to pick and choose which one suits her and try to discredit the other.

“The SNP spin machine will go into hyper-drive to again attack the committee report because they’re running scared of its findings. They have accelerated the Vote of No Confidence in Nicola Sturgeon to avoid MSPs scrutinising that report.

“As James Hamilton says, it is up to the Scottish Parliament to decide if the First Minister has been misleading.

“This report does not change the overwhelming evidence that Nicola Sturgeon misled Parliament, her government badly let women down and wasted more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money.

“If Nicola Sturgeon won’t accept responsibility, then I urge opposition parties to back our Vote of No Confidence.

“Nationalist or unionist, left or right, none of the usual political division's matter now. Either we respect the fundamental principles of democratic accountability - or we don’t.”