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I’ve hit back at smear campaign against me calling for unity behind the #independence cause & an end to @theSNP infighting. The timetable for #indyref2 has been announced, our restiveness is at an end, with unity & civility we will win thenational.scot/news/17634132.…
The problem is that from the moment the first parliamentarian complained against was hung out to dry a signal was given to those with petty motivations that if you seek to smear an @theSNP MP or MSP the party won’t get behind them, even if they are exonerated
Its important that @theSNP elected representatives are not drawn into trashing our members and supporters who work so hard for the cause. The so-called ‘War on Cybernats’ last weekend was unnecessary and has really upset our core support
The small minority of independence supporters who behave badly on social media are not the responsibility of @theSNP. They are part of the wider problem of social media abuse which all politicians should call out, even if we are then abused & misrepresented
I am all about reaching beyond our core support and I have demonstrated my ability to do so by holding on to an atypical @theSNP seat at the 2017 General Election in the face of a strong Tory challenge
I have also made positive proposals about reaching out beyond party politics through a #CitizensAssembly and I was delighted when the First Minister and #SNP19 conference delegates took this on-board as @theSNP party policy
/@theSNP has been blessed to have strong leaders back to back but the party is not about personalities – it’s about everyone who is a member, and people need to conduct debate and settle their differences in a civilised fashion.
“It is not for @theSNP employees paid for by the party or parliamentary staff paid for by the public purse to take to Twitter to air their grievances or to go to the newspapers. They should use proper procedures and behave in a professional fashion
The timetable for an independence referendum has been announced, our restiveness is at an end. We can move forward with unity & civility to each other and those we wish to persuade and we will win #indyref2
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