Nicola Sturgeon's sister has launched an attack on SNP leadership candidates Kate Forbes and Ash Regan. Gillian Sturgeon said she would "rather vote Tory" than for "two females" she would not want "running" her country. In a politically charged Facebook post, Ms Sturgeon hit out at the "shameful and disgraceful" leadership candidates.
Ms Regan and Ms Forbes are battling it out against Humza Yousaf in an attempt to become the new leader of the SNP, following Nicola Sturgeon's resignation last month.
The outgoing First Minister's sister wrote on Facebook: "I may lose fb friends but as I always do, I'll say it anyway.
"Two females just now out to cause trouble & cast assumptions with no evidence.
"Puppets on someone's string no doubt and it's not difficult to work out who!!!!!! I would not want either running my country. Shameful & disgraceful.
SNP Chief Executive Peter Murrell has resigned with immediate effect. It comes after reports suggested members of the SNP's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) had threatened a vote of no confidence in him.
"I'd rather vote Tory than either of them & believe me that's a very strong admission. That's how angry I am.
"THIS IS MY OPINION & MINE ONLY. I don't speak on behalf of anyone!!!!!"
This came after her brother-in-law Peter Murrell resigned from his post as chief executive of the SNP.
Mr Murrell had been accused of undermining the current leadership in a membership numbers row.
The day before, the SNP's head of media, Murray Foote, resigned in response to a deepening row over the publication of SNP membership numbers.
Membership of the SNP plummeted by nearly a third in just over a year
Announcing his resignation on Twitter, Mr Foote hit out at previous SNP responses to the declining membership figures, saying they had "created a serious impediment to my role". In previous stories, the SNP had labelled reports of falling membership "drivel".
He said: "Acting in good faith and as a courtesy to colleagues at party HQ, I issued agreed party responses to media enquiries regarding membership.
"It has subsequently become apparent there are serious issues with these responses.
"Consequently, I concluded this created a serious impediment to my role and I resigned my position with the SNP group in Holyrood."
The party's membership fell by almost 32,000 members - from 103,844 in 2021 to 72,186 at present.
The decline, which amounts to a 30 percent drop, took place over just 14 months.
This is a worrying sign for the party, which is currently undergoing significant turbulence after Ms Sturgeon announced her resignation last month.
The outgoing First Minister said the "time is right" for her to step down, something she said she knows "instinctively".
She described her decision to leave the post as a "duty".
The outgoing SNP leader also appeared to give up on her dream for Scottish independence, saying she wants her party to choose its plan for pursuing the goal without the influence of a leader who might not be around to carry it out.
She said: "I free the SNP to choose the path that believes to be the right one."2023-03-19T12:53:42Z dg43tfdfdgfd