The interim chief executive of the SNP said there is ‘a tremendous mess’ in the party amid staff resignations and a row over membership numbers in the last few days.
SNP president Mike Russell, who has stepped in temporarily to replace Peter Murrell who was forced to quit yesterday, said the party needs to start off in ‘an entirely reset position’ once a new leader is voted in.
Speaking on BBC Scotland’s The Sunday Show, Mr Russell said things had gone ‘spectacularly wrong in recent weeks’ for the SNP.
But despite the mess, he said voting for the party leader must go ahead to ‘rebuild the trust of Scotland’. The leadership contest is due to conclude on March 27.
It came on another day of chaos for the SNP when:
Leadership candidate Ash Regan’s campaign team demanded that the party reissues ballot papers to those who had already voted before Mr Murrell’s resignation;
Fears were raised by Kate Forbes’s team that people who had already voted for Humza Yousaf may regret their decision;
Ms Forbes said the party had failed to ‘understand the priorities of the people’ and to deliver policy pledges.
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