Nicola Sturgeon's 'self-indulgence' threatens single-sex spaces and drives women to vote Tory, Alex Salmond says

7 February 2023, 20:25

Ex-First Minister of Scotland says some women are now supporting a Tory government over the SNP

By Grace Parsons

Following on from Scotland's trans row, ex-First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond says women are now supporting Tory over SNP because of Nicola Sturgeon's Gender Reform Bill.

Ex-First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond told Tom Swarbrick that some women are now supporting a Tory government over the SNP because the "self-indulgence" of Nicola Sturgeon threatens single-sex spaces.

The former minister told Tom: "Dedicated women's rights campaigners, who have fought to have single-sex spaces over a period of many years - it's a valued thing for them - are now supporting a Tory government at Westminster over their own parliament in Scotland - that must be a bad thing for Scottish independence."

"I think the legislation that is self-identification undermines the protection of single-sex spaces... if the First Minister now takes this to court and this becomes a dominating issue over a long period of time, if you choose to fight with Westminster on an area where you can't even defend your own position coherently, it will inevitably do great damage."

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This comes after Mr Salmond branded the saga as "self-indulgent nonsense" on Saturday, with Mrs Sturgeon engaging in "some daft ideology imported from elsewhere" that "borders on the totally absurd".

A recent YouGov poll put support for independence at 47%, down from 53%, while backing for the SNP at Westminster was on 42%.

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