Election 2017: May and Davidson promise to stand up to SNP

Election 2017: May and Davidson promise to stand up to SNP

Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have made a pledge to stand up to the Scottish National Party at the launch of the Scottish Conservatives' manifesto.

They were speaking at an event in Edinburgh.

Scottish party leader Ms Davidson told the gathering that the election on 8 June was about "bringing the SNP down to size".

Prime minister Mrs May said the Conservatives were the "only party" able to stand up to the SNP.

Ms Davidson set out her proposals 24 hours after the launch of the UK Conservative manifesto.


The Tories are hopeful of gains in next month's election, having made significant progress in May's local elections. The party won just one seat in the 2015 general election.

Scotland's main opposition parties criticised the Conservatives about their stance on the constitution, Brexit and Scottish independence.

The SNP, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats are expected to launch their manifestos next week.

Mrs May began her address by saying the election was defined by "one question, and one question only - who can lead us through Brexit and get a deal that works for the whole of UK?".

She explained: "This manifesto is my plan for a stronger union and a better Britain. My plan to build a country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few."

The politician said there were challenges ahead but she believed she had a "credible, deliverable programme for government around which the whole country can unite".

Election 2017: May and Davidson promise to stand up to SNP
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Mrs May added: "Unlike the offerings of other parties, we are being upfront and honest with the British people about the scale of the task we face.

"Because leadership means being straight with people about the challenges ahead and the hard work required to overcome them."

She went on to attack the SNP, accusing the party of letting Scotland's young people down because of its "tunnel-vision obsession with independence".

Page 34 of the Scottish manifesto said that "now was not the time" for another referendum and that in order for one to be be held;


Former SNP

first minister Alex Salmond accused the Tories of being "mired in complete and utter confusion" over the constitution.

He said: "There is already a cast-iron democratic mandate for Scotland to have a choice, based on last year's Holyrood election and the subsequent vote of the Scottish Parliament.

"The Tories want to deny and to block that mandate, but they haven't the got the guts or the gumption to say how. That lack of clarity betrays the weakness of their position - they know that their behaviour is antidemocratic and that it will not hold."

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the Conservatives were to blame for any constitutional turmoil.

He said: "It is the Tories' reckless Brexit gamble that has given the SNP the excuse it has been looking for to try to force another divisive independence referendum.

"Rather than fix the problems they have created in our country, the Conservatives are intent on continuing to divide our country and increase the risk of a second independence referendum."

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie also attacked the Tories over Brexit.

He said: "Their cuts to pensions, social care and free school meals shows that the Conservative Party is mean spirited and cold hearted. It is lurching to the right to capture votes from UKIP.

"The Conservative-UKIP pursuit of a damaging hard Brexit will be damaging to our security, jobs and the NHS."



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