SNP obsession over Indyref2 sidelines Scotland's local issues.

The SNP’s national manifesto for the local elections states that the party’s councillors will “support the Scottish Government’s plan to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to choose the country’s future in an independence referendum in the first half of this parliamentary term”. (p7)

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“This confirms that every SNP councillor elected will spend valuable time trying to further Nicola Sturgeon’s ambition to divide us once again, instead of improving local public services.

“They will be campaigning for an unwanted referendum as early as next year rather than standing up for local communities in the face of SNP cuts.

“We need more local champions who focus on what really matters to people, not cheerleaders for Nicola Sturgeon.”