SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson jeered for elevating independence throughout Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid replace to Holyrood – NewsEverything Scotland

AN SNP MSP has been loudly jeered at Holyrood after selling independence whereas Nicola Sturgeon gave an replace on the Covid pandemic.

Kenneth Gibson was barracked after he accused Unionist politicians of “speaking down Scotland” and telling “scare tales” about independence deterring international funding.

Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone warned Mr Gibson he was “straying past the bounds” of the First Minister’s assertion, and requested if she had a “related” response. 

It got here as Ms Sturgeon up to date Holyrood on the newest coronavirus figures, revealing the variety of circumstances had risen by 50 per cent in every week.

Nevertheless she stated there had not been an analogous rise in hospitalisations, suggesting the vaccination programme was weakening the hyperlink between the virus and critical sickness.

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Within the Q&Part of the session, Mr Gibson, the MSP for Cunninghame North, raised a latest EY report displaying sturdy international direct funding in Scotland final 12 months.

He stated: “Provided that throughout the 12 nations and areas of the UK, Scotland attracted the second highest variety of overseas-backed investments after London in very years since 2014, does the First Minister agree it is time for Unionist politicians to dispense with the scare tales about this Authorities’s dedication to independence deterring funding, desist from speaking down Scotland, and again the outward-looking, progressive nation that Scotland is as we get better from Covid-19?”

To applause from opposition MSPs, Ms Johnstone stated: “I might counsel maybe that the member is straying past the bounds of this assertion.”

She requested if the First Minister had a “related response that will assist Mr Gibson”.

Ms Sturgeon sidestepped most of Mr Gibson’s factors, however stated the EY attractiveness survey ought to be welcomed by everybody throughout the chamber.

She stated: “What it does present is that within the face fo a world pandemic, Scotland remained the highest UK inward funding vacation spot outdoors of London, and that has been the case for eight of the previous 10 years. 

“We additionally managed to develop our inward funding at a time when it shrunk throughout the UK as an entire. So no matter our totally different political viewpoints, no matter our totally different ambitions for the nation, certainly within the face of this actually powerful time we face as a rustic to welcome completely excellent news for the Scottish economic system.”


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