Wings party would tar­get list seats

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

A Wings Over Scot­land party would aim to win seats from union­ist par­ties to in­crease the num­ber of proin­de­pen­dence mem­bers at Holy­rood, Stu­art Camp­bell has said.

Mr Camp­bell, who runs the Wings Over Scot­land web­site, said such a party would seek to pick up list seats at the next Scot­tish elec­tion in 2021 if an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum has not been de­liv­ered by that time.

He said there are no great plans cur­rently be­ing made to set up a Wings party, how­ever, and he has not yet de­cided whether he would run as a can­di­date in an elec­tion – al­though

“Don’t want to vote for far-left par­ties”

he sug­gested it was likely he would.

On the BBC’s Good Morn­ing Scot­land pro­gramme yesterday Mr Camp­bell said: “The SNP’s votes on the re­gional list get badly wasted by the Holy­rood elec­toral sys­tem.”

He added: “The fact is that peo­ple sim­ply don’t want to vote for far-left par­ties like the Greens or the SSP or Rise.”

Mr Camp­bell said sug­ges­tions the Wings party would be set up to take on the SNP were an “in­ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of the sit­u­a­tion”.

He added: “If they do hold a ref­er­en­dum be­fore 2021, then cat­e­gor­i­cally the Wings party will not hap­pen, that’s the whole point.”

A spokesman for the Scot­tish Greens said: “It was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally gen­er­ous of Stu­art Camp­bell to de­scribe the Scot­tish Greens as ‘too rad­i­cal’ for his fans.”

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