ALBA Call For Action As SNP Axe Independence Minister From Government

Commenting on the decision of First Minister John Swinney to axe the position of Minister for Independence, Alba Party General Secretary Chris McEleny said:

“Humza Yousaf created the role of Minister for independence so that it looked like his Government was taking action on independence.

We are currently at a constitutional logjam. John Swinney has said his independence strategy is the same as Humza Yousaf’s - a strategy that the SNP’s longest serving MP Peter Wishart labelled ‘a total mess’.

The new SNP Government has made the decision to deprioritise independence in order to try broaden support for itself within parliament. Instead of appealing to unionists the First Minister should be reaching out to Alba Party’s Holyrood leader Ash Regan MSP to turbo charge efforts to drive forward the case for independence.

ALBA Party are the only party with a strategy to progress Scotland towards independence. We believe every single election should be fought seeking an independence mandate and that the Scottish Parliament should legislate to hold a referendum on giving independence powers to our Parliament.

The people of Scotland have been promised action on independence every single year for the past decade. It is time for the Scottish Government to deliver on these commitments.”