David Cameron’s plans to be based in Scotland for the final two weeks of the referendum campaign have been criticised by his UK Government colleagues – amidst concerns that his unpopularity will damage the No campaign.
Media reports today confirm that senior figures in the Liberal Democrats believe that the Prime Minister is a “huge negative in Scotland” and that he should “stay out of the country as much as possible” ahead of the referendum.
Mr Cameron’s central role in the No camp has already faced criticism from Labour – with senior figures warning against his “toxic” influence on the No campaign.
Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:
“This is a huge embarrassment for David Cameron – that even his own government colleagues recognise the extent of his unpopularity in Scotland should make him pause and reflect on the disastrous impact his policies are having on communities across the country.
“Perhaps rather than using his time in Scotland to spread the latest Project Fear scare stories, David Cameron should take the opportunity to issue an apology for his welfare cuts which are decimating our welfare state and have seen a 400 per cent increase in people relying on foodbanks.
“With David Cameron taking a central role in the final stages of the referendum campaign, it is clearer now more than ever that the No campaign is nothing more than a Tory front.
“Scotland totally rejected David Cameron and the Tories at the last election – but for as long as we are under the Westminster system, we are still subject to the austerity agenda of a government we didn't vote for. That is why a Yes vote in September is so important.
“With a YES vote we can ensure that we get the government we vote for every single time – and won’t have 'toxic' Tory Prime Ministers imposed on us against our will ever again.”