FERRIER CALLS ON KILLEN TO COME CLEAN ON REFERENDUM CLAIMS

LABOUR CANDIDATE “ATTEMPTS TO WHITEWASH HIS OWN REMARKS”

SNP candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West Margaret Ferrier has blasted her Labour opponent’s claim that a vote for him is one to ‘reject a second referendum’ on Scottish independence, saying that a post on social media reveals his true thoughts.

In March of this year, a majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament backed holding a second independence referendum at the end of the Brexit process.

Reacting to news that Prime Minister Theresa May intended to ignore the outcome of the Holyrood vote Labour candidate Gerard Killen tweeted, “Still not over the last indyref & exhausted at the thought of a second but idea that UK Gov will block will of Scottish Parliament is indefensible.”

Ms Ferrier says that Mr Killen must now explain to voters why he has recently deleted the tweet and why his campaign literature contradicts his true position.

Commenting, SNP candidate for Rutherglen and Hamilton West Margaret Ferrier said:

“Mr Killen has certainly made independence a central campaign issue, urging voters to support him to ‘reject a second referendum’ despite previously saying it would be ‘indefensible’ for Westminster to block it.

“Even he knows his position is confused and contradictory – which perhaps explains his attempts to whitewash his own remarks by deleting his tweet. Voters will make up their own minds on this, but I imagine many will be left thinking that Mr Killen will say anything to try and get elected, even if he himself doesn’t believe it.

“This General Election is not about a second independence referendum – it’s about electing a champion for our communities and a strong voice at Westminster. I’m asking people to place their trust in me again on 8th June to continue my strong track record.”

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