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Iain Dale schools SNP supporter who fails to back up ONE single anti-Boris claim

Claire from Glasgow claimed Boris Johnson creates division in Scotland following his visit north of the border on Thursday. She accused him of stoking sectarianism. Speaking to LBC, Claire said: “I’ve had enough and lots of people in Scotland have had enough. Boris Johnson creates division.



“The Unionism doesn’t help the sectarian problem in Scotland. He’s deliberately fuelled that up to create more sectarianism.

“We are not happy.”

Host Iain Dale asked: “That’s quite a serious allegations to make, how do you think that they did that?”

Claire continued: “I’ve seen it on Facebook. I live here, I know what’s going on.”

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Iain Dale hit out at a caller for attacking Boris Johnson (Image: LBC)

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Mr Dale said: “But that’s rather different. What you’ve just done is accuse the Conservative Party or the Scottish Tories of deliberatly stroking up sectarianism in Scotland and all you’ve given as evidence is a few Facebook messages you’ve seen from the Orange order.”

He later added: “You’ve come out with three whoppers so far and you can’t back up any of them.

“I don’t know where you’re getting all this fiction from.”

Her comments come as SNP’s Ian Blackford has vowed Scots will have the chance to vote in another referendum on independence.

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Ian Blackford has vowed Scots will have the chance to vote in another referendum (Image: BBC)

He warned Mr Johnson that he cannot be a “democracy denier” if the SNP win a majority in next year’s Holyrood election.

He was speaking the day after Mr Johnson visited Scotland, where he talked up the positives of the union in Orkney and Moray and dismissed calls for Scottish independence.

On Thursday morning, hours before he arrived in Orkney, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the PM’s presence shows Scotland has “its future decided by politicians we didn’t vote for, taking us down a path we haven’t chosen”.

After the general election in December, in which the SNP won 48 seats, the Prime Minister rejected a request from Ms Sturgeon to grant the powers needed to hold another independence vote and he has repeatedly said since that he will not permit one.


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But pressure has ramped up in recent months and two recent Panelbase polls have put support for independence, when undecided voters are removed, at 54 percent, while also predicting the SNP will win a majority in next May’s Holyrood election.

Mr Blackford told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme on Friday: “I’d simply say to Boris Johnson that he has to recognise the will of the people of Scotland and the expression of support that they’re giving to independence.

“What we will see next year in the elections is a very strong support for the SNP and for independence.

“Boris Johnson has to recognise that vote, he has to recognise democracy. He cannot be a democracy denier.”

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