Sturgeon’s ‘poisonous’ Salmond row sparks furious clash in BBC Scottish leaders debate

Nicola Sturgeon quizzed on coronavirus focus by BBC audience

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Scottish Lib Dem leader discussed the issue of mental health in education as millions of pupils have been disrupted by the pandemic. But during his speech which promised Scots they could “bounce-back” he blasted Nicola Sturgeon’s “poisonous” relationship with Alex Salmond and urged everyone to move on to a better future with his party. Nicola Sturgeon faced tough criticism from Scottish political leaders who said the First Minister was too focused on independence rather than tackling the pandemic and was sullied by her involvement in the Alex Salmon inquiry. 

Speaking on the Leaders’ Debate, Mr Rennie said: “Children have lost too much in education. 

“They need to get extra support through a pupil equity fund supplement to make sure that we can give those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds…

“In fact, all children at school that need extra support needed to bounce back because they are our future. 

“All of that is going to take a huge amount of time to fix. We need everybody in this room to be focused on it. 

“But I just know, I’ve seen a window into the next five years in the last few weeks. 

“Arguments over the constitution, strategy over independence, arguments between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond which have been poisonous and unpleasant. 

“And what we need to do is put all of that behind us and choose a different future in which we can do that, we can tackle mental health, we can tackle education.

“We can also make sure our social care workers get paid what they deserve.”

Nicola Sturgeon quizzed on coronavirus focus by BBC audience

The Scottish Parliamentary elections will be held on May 6 as Nicola Sturgeon faces threats to her majority in Holyrood. 

Polling guru Professor John Curtice warned it could be likely that Ms Sturgeon loses her majority in the election and may have to team up with other parties. 

Alex Salmond also recently revealed his new pro-independence Alba party would be standing in the upcoming election but would be only standing in regional seats which the SNP do not typically fare well in. 

The BBC invited the five largest political parties in Scotland for the debate, hence Mr Salmond’s exclusion.


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