Cherry slams Brexit choice

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CA­TRI­ONA STE­WART

SNP MP Joanna Cherry has said she will fo­cus her en­er­gies on de­fend­ing “Scot­tish democ­racy from Boris John­son” in the pur­suit of a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

The SNP MP for Ed­in­burgh South West was re­turned to her seat with 24,830 votes and an 11,982 ma­jor­ity.

She used her vic­tory speech to de­scribe the Prime Min­is­ter as “a stranger to the truth, an avoider of scru­tiny and a huck­ster who would sell the NHS to the high­est bid­der”.

She said: “Scot­land now has to de­cide whether it is time for us to em­bark on a dif­fer­ent jour­ney from the rest of the UK.

“My mes­sage to Westminste­r is this: Scot­land didn’t vote for Boris John­son, Scot­land didn’t vote for Brexit.”

JO Swin­son has in­di­cated she wants to see a woman re­place her as leader of the Lib­eral Democrats, af­ter she lost her seat at the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

In a speech in cen­tral London fol­low­ing a dis­mal night for her party, Swin­son name-checked sev­eral re-elected MPs, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman Layla Mo­ran and home af­fairs spokes­woman Chris­tine Jar­dine, who had the “ex­pe­ri­ence” to suc­ceed her.

She said that “smash­ing the glass ceil­ing” by be­com­ing the party’s first fe­male leader had meant “a lot of bro­ken glass comes down on your head”.

An emo­tional Swin­son said: “I’m proud to be the first woman to lead the Lib­eral Democrats and I’m even more proud that I will not be the last.

“In Sarah (Olney), Wera (Hob­house), Chris­tine and Layla, we have four fan­tas­tic and ex­pe­ri­enced women MPs.

“And in Daisy (Cooper) and Mu­nira (Wil­son) and Wendy (Cham­ber­lain), we have ex­cit­ing new tal­ent.

“They will take the Com­mons by storm.”

Wil­son held former leader Vince Ca­ble’s Twick­en­ham seat af­ter he stepped down from the Com­mons.

Cooper made a LibDem gain in St Al­bans against the Con­ser­va­tives, while Cham­ber­lain took Fife North East from the SNP.

LibDem rules say the party leader must be a sit­ting MP.

Fol­low­ing Swin­son’s de­feat to the SNP in East Dun­bar­ton­shire, deputy leader Sir Ed Davey and party pres­i­dent Baroness Brin­ton

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