Scots Tories say Nicola Sturgeon 'in denial' about strength of Union

Scots Tories say Nicola Sturgeon 'in denial' about strength of Union

04/01/2021

Scots Tories say stunning UK vaccine rollout shows Nicola Sturgeon is ‘in denial’ about strength of the Union

  • Scottish Tories said UK Covid vaccine rollout shows the positives of the Union
  • Leader Douglas Ross said that Nicola Sturgeon is ‘in denial’ about strength of UK
  • He said independent Scotland would have been ‘left out of’ vaccine programme 

The Scottish Conservatives have claimed Nicola Sturgeon is ‘in denial’ about the strength of the Union as they argued the coronavirus vaccine rollout showed the positives of being part of the UK. 

Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Tories, said the mass vaccination drive had ‘shown the overwhelming benefits of us working together across our Union’.

He blasted Ms Sturgeon and the SNP’s push for another independence referendum and said splitting from the UK would leave Scotland ‘worse off’. 

He said an independent Scotland would have been ‘left out of the world-leading UK vaccine scheme’.  

Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Tories, said the mass vaccination drive had ‘shown the overwhelming benefits of us working together across our Union’

Mr Ross blasted Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP’s push for another independence referendum and said splitting from the UK would leave Scotland ‘worse off’

His comments came as the latest statistics showed as of yesterday some 2,463,069 people in Scotland had received their first dose and a further 354,756 had been given their second coronavirus jab.   

The Scottish Government has repeatedly said it is on track to inoculate all of the priority groups set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), including all over-50s and those who are vulnerable, by mid-April.

The Tories have ramped up their criticism of Ms Sturgeon’s demand for a second independence referendum as the parties campaign ahead of the Holyrood elections in May. 

Mr Ross said: ‘The vaccination rollout has been an incredible success story across Scotland and the United Kingdom. 

‘It has shown the overwhelming benefits of us working together across our Union to emerge from the Covid crisis.

‘My thanks go to our heroic NHS staff, volunteers in our communities and our armed forces who have all stepped up to deliver this astonishing achievement.

‘We are seeing, with reduced hospitalisations and deaths, the positive effects of the vaccine and how it will help us return to a sense of normality in the coming months.

The latest statistics showed that as of yesterday some 2,463,069 people in Scotland had received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Michael Gove is pictured visiting a vaccination centre in Glasgow last month

‘The SNP are in denial about how much worse off we would be if they had got their way and we were left out of the world-leading UK vaccine scheme.

‘The vaccine rollout has exposed another glaring weakness in the nationalist argument for independence and the SNP’s plan to put another divisive referendum over our recovery.

‘The Scottish Conservatives are committed to fully funding our NHS over the course of the next Parliament to ensure our health service is prepared for any future challenges.’ 

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