Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson criticised for saying elderly deaths a 'gain' for independence

Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson criticised for saying elderly deaths a 'gain' for independenceOne of Nicola Sturgeon’s closest allies has faced a barrage of criticism over a “disgraceful” article stating the deaths of elderly Scots was delivering a “gain” for independence. Angus Robertson, the SNP’s former Westminster leader and deputy leader, said “55,000 predominantly No supporting voters [were] passing away every year”. Combined with more pro-separation young people reaching voting age, he said that had produced a “gain of over 100,000 for independence” since the referendum of 2014. Holyrood’s opposition parties condemned the intervention, highlighting the deaths of thousands of old people in recent months from coronavirus and the threat of a potential second wave. But Mr Robertson, who is planning a political comeback in next May’s Holyrood election, called the criticism “politically motivated” and “manufactured outrage”. He argued the same point about the demography of the Scottish electorate changing had been made the same day by a former head of communications for the Scottish Tories.

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Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson criticised for saying elderly deaths a 'gain' for independence

Nicola Sturgeon ally Angus Robertson criticised for saying elderly deaths a 'gain' for independenceOne of Nicola Sturgeon’s closest allies has faced a barrage of criticism over a “disgraceful” article stating the deaths of elderly Scots was delivering a “gain” for independence. Angus Robertson, the SNP’s former Westminster leader and deputy leader, said “55,000 predominantly No supporting voters [were] passing away every year”. Combined with more pro-separation young people reaching voting age, he said that had produced a “gain of over 100,000 for independence” since the referendum of 2014. Holyrood’s opposition parties condemned the intervention, highlighting the deaths of thousands of old people in recent months from coronavirus and the threat of a potential second wave. But Mr Robertson, who is planning a political comeback in next May’s Holyrood election, called the criticism “politically motivated” and “manufactured outrage”. He argued the same point about the demography of the Scottish electorate changing had been made the same day by a former head of communications for the Scottish Tories.

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