Com­mons seat­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Mar­garet and her SNP col­leagues caused some con­tro­versy when they sat in a seat usu­ally fre­quented by Labour stal­wart, Den­nis Skin­ner.

They have also been warned against ap­plaud­ing in the cham­ber, but Mar­garet in­sists there is no hard feel­ings. “That was a bit of panto. “We had al­ways said we are the third big­gest party and tra­di­tion­ally the third big­gest party has sat at that side of the cham­ber and re­ally that was all we were do­ing, sit­ting in an area that was tra­di­tion­ally an area of the third party.

“Our chief whip went to Labour’s chief whip and tried to get some con­sen­sus.

“We are quite happy, there are no set seats, that was an­other myth, so what we’ve done is, when Den­nis is in the cham­ber he sits there and we’re quite happy to have Den­nis on that side.

“We’ve got Nick Clegg be­hind us now as well.

“You’ll have heard of the day we clapped in the cham­ber and the speaker told us that wasn’t the done thing

“Next time we went in, An­gus Robert­son said we would take that on board, although there has I be­lieve been pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion when peo­ple have clapped and got away with it.

“We’re not down there to be a dis­rup­tive force. We want to go down there and work con­struc­tively with peo­ple and find com­mon ground.”

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