Nicola Sturgeon was “absolutely lousy” as first minister of Scotland, according to former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe.
However, Ms Widdecombe warns Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation opens the way for Labour gains in Scotland.
The former Conservative MP told GB News: “She was absolutely lousy for Scotland. If you actually look at the things that matter, measuring the health service, for example, looking at education – Scottish education used to be the jewel in the crown of UK education, now it’s a complete mess.
“The reason that she has come to grief is because she tried to push an extreme transgender law, which the majority of Scottish voters simply didn’t want and said so in poll after poll.
The reason that she has come to grief is because she tried to push an extreme transgender law, which the majority of Scottish voters simply didn’t want and said so in poll after poll.
“Indeed, one of the most telling polls, I think, was when people were asked in Scotland if they’d rather be governed by a law passed at Westminster, which they did approve of, than by one in Edinburgh, which they didn’t approve of, and they all said that they would prefer the first scenario.
“Why did she always talk about Scottish independence? The referendum went against Scottish independence.”
In a discussion with Mark Dolan, she said: “She promised a second one which she couldn’t deliver because it was unlawful, couldn’t get it through Westminster, couldn’t get it through the courts.
“Then she said she turned the next general election into an effective referendum on independence and, as far as we can make out from the polls, again that’s not the way that the Scots want to do it.
“She was not good for Scotland. She was a strong personality, I’m going to absolutely agree with that, but she wasn’t good for Scotland.”
“You measure whether people are good for a country or not by the outcomes.”
She was not good for Scotland. She was a strong personality, I’m going to absolutely agree with that, but she wasn’t good for Scotland.
Ms Widdecombe added: “We know from poll after poll that the gender recognition bill in Scotland was profoundly unpopular.
“I think it certainly helps Labour. It’s been a big blow to the SNP.
“I think the whole mess was around not only the gender recognition bill but also the whole business of Scottish independence and the fact that she couldn’t get a lawful second referendum.
“I think the whole thing does open the way for some Labour gains in Scotland. I’ve no doubt about that. I didn’t like it, but I think it’s true.”