‘Her days are numbered’ – Sturgeon warned ‘end is near’ as SNP row leaves party in tatters

Nicola Sturgeon asked if she will ‘resign’ if breach found

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The pressure ramped up on the First Minister this week when an SNP grandee called for a “revolt” to be launched against the current party leadership amid rising internal tensions. Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP, warned there must be a change in the party’s leadership as soon as possible as nationalists battle each other on the issues such as the Scottish independence strategy and the ongoing inquiry involving former First Minister Alex Salmond. The former Glasgow MP in the 1990s warned “time was short” for a change of leadership and called on the SNP’s ruling body, the National Executive Council (NEC), to make the necessary changes.

Mr Sillars also admitted he would not vote for the party in the Scottish elections, which are scheduled to take place on May 6.

George Galloway, who last week signalled his intent after his All for Unity party was registered with the Electoral Commission, has torn apart the SNP, warning the party is “tearing itself to pieces” and is now in “tatters”.

He said the damning verdict from SNP grandee Mr Sillars shows more than ever “the end is near for Nicola Sturgeon”, warning “her days are numbered”.

Mr Galloway told Express.co.uk: “The SNP are the real opposition to themselves and are literally falling apart. They are in tatters.

“They have been in power for far too long – no party should be in power for 14 years and asking for another four years because that never works out.

“They are tearing themselves to pieces, and each day brings a new development.

“Jim Sillars, the former deputy leader of the SNP and a highly respected figure, called for a revolt from within the SNP to overthrow the current leadership.

“He said if that doesn’t happen, then he can’t vote for the SNP.”

The veteran MP added: “The end is near for Nicola Sturgeon.

“The party is in open revolt and big names are calling on her to be removed.

“You can be sure that her days are numbered.”

Writing for online blog Yours for Scotland, Mr Sillars claimed the SNP had “toxic tentacles stretching into and around civic Scotland”.

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The former deputy First Minister also condemned Joanna Cherry’s sacking from the Westminster shadow cabinet, claiming the dismissal of the Edinburgh South West MP was “vilification, not greatly different from that dished out by the Kremlin’s stooges.”

The SNP grandee also lashed out at the ruling party’s current approach to Scottish independence, claiming he “greatly fears” the party’s cause on the matter.

Mr Sillars also took furious aim at Constitution Secretary Michael Russell’s comments that second independence could be held at Christmas, adding his “promise is utter garbage”.

In a further blow to Ms Sturgeon and the SNP, a new poll has revealed more Scots are now believing the ruling party is more fractured than ever as the crucial Scottish elections approach.

The poll was undertaken by Savanta ComRes for The Scotsman which interviewed 1,002 adults aged 16 or over online from February 4-9.

It revealed just 42 percent of those quizzed believe the SNP is united, down by eight points against the survey from January and five points below December’s figures.

Just under half (45 percent) believe the SNP is divided, an increase of six points compared with January and eight points when compared to December.

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