SNP’s Westminster leader ‘had pivotal role in Yousaf’s downfall’

Stephen Flynn, the SNP’s Westminster leader, is believed to have performed a pivotal role in Humza Yousaf’s downfall.

Mr Flynn, the Aberdeen South MP, is claimed to have utilized strain to Mr Yousaf to end the coalition deal with the Scottish Greens, which was being blamed by many in the SNP for the social gathering’s plummeting ballot rankings.

He was seen at Holyrood on Wednesday, the day earlier than Mr Yousaf tore up the pact, and is known to have met the First Minister.

He additionally spoke to him on Thursday night after it turned obvious that his gamble had backfired and he was going through a combat for his political profession.

MPs are mentioned to have turn into more and more involved {that a} give attention to id politics, championed by the Scottish Greens, was making the SNP seem indifferent from the on a regular basis issues of voters. They feared a catastrophe on the forthcoming election, primarily based on reactions from constituents.

Mr Flynn holds a seat in which tens of hundreds of jobs depend on North Sea oil and fuel, and has confronted claims that he “bounced” Mr Yousaf into ending the deal signed by Nicola Sturgeon.

Despite latest makes an attempt by the SNP to pivot away from a notion of hostility to the sector, these had been undermined by having Greens in authorities who again its demise.

‘Nobody tells First Minister what to do’

Mr Flynn mentioned claims that he performed a key role in Humza Yousaf’s downfall are “a lie”.

Speaking outdoors Parliament, the Aberdeen South MP mentioned: “Anyone positing that argument is doing so without the facts in place, it is in effect a lie, it is not true.

“Nobody goes into the First Minister’s house and tells them what to do, let alone me. Any individual pushing this argument is overstating my influence and is perhaps overestimating their own abilities politically.

“The reality is that myself and the First Minister, of course, discussed the situation with regards to the Bute House Agreement. I believe he made the right choice. I was not aware of the plan that was in place. We discussed the pros and the cons.”

He added: “The First Minister has himself said today that he misjudged the response from the Greens and, of course, the plan that was put in place by the First Minister and his advisers has obviously not come to fruition, but that doesn’t mean the decision was wrong. The decision was the right one.”

Publicly, Mr Flynn has been one of many few senior SNP figures to defend Mr Yousaf. The day after he ended the cope with the Scottish Greens, he appeared on BBC Scotland’s flagship morning radio present when Scottish Government ministers declined.

“I have confidence in him not just as party leader but to continue in his role as First Minister,” Mr Flynn mentioned then. “I have no doubt that he’s going to come out fighting, and rightly so.

“What he did [by ending the coalition] was to reset the Scottish Government’s ambitions and reset the Scottish Government’s focus on the priorities of the people of Scotland.”

However, in the identical interview, he additionally refused to rule out his personal management run ought to Mr Yousaf be forced from office.

While Mr Flynn was removed from alone in criticising the cope with the Greens, those that demanded an finish to the settlement at the moment are going through recriminations from those that backed it.

Greens are ‘our only potential partners’

Mhairi Hunter, a former SNP councillor who may be very near Nicola Sturgeon, mentioned on Friday she was positive that Mr Yousaf would “turn back time” if he may.

She additionally hit out at these calling for a “reset to Salmond-style minority government”, saying they’d been misguided, including that in contrast to in the SNP’s first time period in authorities Unionist events wouldn’t work with it as a result of they “hated” its electoral success.

Writing on X, previously Twitter, she mentioned: “That means only the Greens are our potential partners and do you know why? Because that is what voters decided. So you should accept that.

“Another thing that should be accepted is that a good outcome of a snap election for the SNP would return pretty much the same result – an SNP minority reliant on the Greens. This is the inescapable parliamentary arithmetic. You may not like it, but it is what it is.

“And it’s fine. Do you want to find common ground on tackling climate change & creating a fairer society or do you want to have to find common ground with Douglas Ross [the Scottish Tory leader] ?”

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