Ruth Davidson urges Scots to vote Tory to deny SNP a majority for Indyref2

The Scottish Tories could deny the SNP a majority at Holyrood, Scottish Conservative Holyrood leader Ruth Davidson said in a speech to the Scottish Conservative conference. Ms Davidson insisted that the SNP winning an overall majority’s in May’s Scottish Parliament election was no longer the “‘nailed-on’ near-certainty” that polls had once predicted. But to stop Ms Sturgeon’s party winning that majority – and then using it to push for a second Scottish independence referendum – the Tory Holyrood leader urged all Scots opposed to breaking up the UK to back her party in the regional section of the vote, even if they had never voted Conservative before.

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RUTH DAVIDSON: The result of the election on the 6th of May is crucial. The nationalists may return as the largest party but they can still be held in check. In fact, it is absolutely essential that they are, because if there's no check on an SNP government after May, they will put their obsession with securing a second independence referendum above Scotland's national interest. Labour are in third place across Scotland and they've said they won't work with other parties to block the SNP. The Lib Dems are in fourth place and they can't effectively challenge the nationalists. And the Greens-- well, the Greens have backed the SNP throughout this parliament and they'll do it all over again if they're given the chance.

And voting for smaller parties will only split the pro-Union vote and help pro-independence MSPs get elected. So there's only one way to be sure, no matter who you vote for in your own constituency-- and I want as many people as possible to vote for the local conservative candidate-- if you want to stop that SNP majority, you must cast your party vote on the peach coloured ballot paper for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. No other vote can be sure of preventing an SNP majority and the independence referendum that they want to hold.