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Politics / No change on general election campaign following Bute House agreement collapse, says SNP candidate

SNP candidate Robert Leslie.

THE SCRAPPING of the Bute House agreement by first minister Humza Yousaf “changes nothing” in terms in the core aims of the SNP, according to the party’s Northern Isles candidates at the forthcoming general election.

Robert Leslie said independence would continue to be front and centre of his campaign to be the next MP for Orkney and Shetland.

His comments came as speculations over Yousaf’s political future mount after the Greens confirmed that they would back a motion of no confidence against the first minister.

Yousaf stunned Holyrood on Thursday morning by unilaterally cancelling the power-sharing agreement with the Scottish Greens which had been in place since 2021.

It comes in the wake of the Scottish Government scrapping its 2030 climate change targets last week, which led Green party members to call for an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the future of their role in the partnership.

Local councillor and Green general election candidate Alex Armitage said he feels the collapse of the power sharing agreement leaves his party in a stronger role at Holyrood.

Leslie meanwhile said the core aims of the SNP to create a fairer, greener and more equal Scotland had not changed.

“My campaign in Orkney and Shetland will have winning independence at its core, with public ownership of energy, a route back into the EU, and more powers for the islands at the heart of that case,” he said.

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