Westminster completes total takeover of Tories in Scotland.
Commenting on news that Douglas Ross MP (pictured) has been installed as Scottish Tory leader, SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown MSP said:
“Douglas Ross is Boris Johnson’s man in Scotland.
“Westminster has launched a total takeover of the Scottish Tories and installed a Brexit-backing MP to act as a puppet for Downing Street.
“As his Westminster voting record proves, Mr Ross couldn’t be more out of touch with Scotland.
“His offensive comments on Gypsy-Travellers were appalling and he has rubber-stamped every damaging decision on an extreme Brexit, a power grab on the Scottish Parliament, and deep austerity cuts to public services – despite the harm to our communities.
“With the threat of Brexit growing, senior Tory MSPs and advisers jumping ship, and Baroness Davidson preparing to join the House of Lords, it is clear the Tories are the same old party with nothing to offer except selling Scotland out.
“Whatever else we’ve learned in this whole grubby coup, and whatever their bluster, senior Tories are now effectively conceding publicly what they have been saying privately for some time – they know there is going to be an independence referendum.
“Otherwise why bother changing leaders?
“Unlike the Tories, the SNP will always stand up for Scotland and ensure that people have the choice of a better future instead of the Tory Brexit chaos being imposed by Westminster.”