eteran MSP Fergus Ewing has stated he is not going to be “hounded out” of the get together he loves following his suspension for voting towards the Scottish Authorities.
Mr Ewing advised the Sunday Mail he had no plans to resign and meant to remain within the get together and “push for change” as he hit out on the “nonsensical and manifestly absurd” course of the SNP.
On Wednesday night SNP MSPs voted to droop Mr Ewing from their group for seven days after he voted with the opposition at Holyrood in a vote of no confidence towards Scottish Greens co-leader and Authorities minister Lorna Slater.
I’ve served the SNP and the reason for independence for half-a-century and I’m not going to be hounded out of the get together I really like. I’ve consulted with my lawyer and we’ve got an excellent argument. I used to be voting with my conscience for my constituents
The Sunday Mail reported that Mr Ewing, MSP for Inverness and Nairn, had stated he deliberate to attraction towards the suspension.
He advised the newspaper: “I’ve served the SNP and the reason for independence for half-a-century and I’m not going to be hounded out of the get together I really like. I’ve consulted with my lawyer and we’ve got an excellent argument. I used to be voting with my conscience for my constituents.
“We’re going by way of a interval in the mean time the place we’ve chosen the unsuitable path. We’ve related ourselves with extremists.
“For a lot of the final 50 years we have been a celebration that put Scotland first, that was our DNA. However since we’ve got develop into related to the Inexperienced Celebration, as a substitute of placing individuals first we appear to be inflicting ache on them for no achieve.”
He stated this concerned pursuing legal guidelines and laws that have been “plainly dud and faulty” such because the deposit return scheme, the fishing ban, the short-term let laws and the Gender Recognition Reform Invoice.
He stated that “inflicting ache on voters for no achieve is a nonsensical and manifestly absurd political technique”.
Mr Ewing has beforehand spoken out towards the Scottish Authorities on points equivalent to the brand new licensing regime for short-term rental properties which got here into pressure on Sunday October 1, in addition to the stalled deposit return scheme.
The previous rural financial system secretary, who stated he had no plans to retire, advised the newspaper that his mom, SNP stalwart the late Winnie Ewing, would have been “horrified” at what was occurring to the get together and didn’t assume she would recognise it now.
It’s not obligatory, for those who’re the captain of a ship, to purpose intentionally to hit the iceberg – you may change course and the earlier you do, the higher it’s for everyone
He stated he didn’t assume First Minister Humza Yousaf ought to resign, saying he believed his coronary heart was in the appropriate place and that “any chief can change course”.
Mr Ewing stated: “It’s not obligatory, for those who’re the captain of a ship, to purpose intentionally to hit the iceberg – you may change course and the earlier you do, the higher it’s for everyone.”
He described the SNP as going by way of a “troubled adolescence”, including “you recognize what occurs after that’s, you develop up”.
A spokesperson for the SNP Holyrood Group stated: “At a gathering on Wednesday night, a proposal was carried to droop Fergus Ewing from the SNP Holyrood Group for a interval of 1 week.”
The Scottish Greens have been requested for remark.