More than 24 hours after Kenny MacAskill’s announcement that he was defecting to the Alba party, SNP candidate Paul McLennan appears to have made no comment on the decision, despite the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford calling for MacAskill to resign.
Mr McLennan has been one of the MP’s closest allies in East Lothian and was his Campaign Manager at the 2019 General Election. At that election Mr McLennan warmly endorsed him, saying he would “bring unrivalled recognition, experience, drive, passion and enthusiasm” to the role and was “undoubtedly the best person to win us the seat.”
East Lothian Labour Party is calling for Mr McLennan to make his position clear so that voters know what he is about. Is he backing the call for the MP’s resignation or siding with Mr MacAskill and Mr Salmond?
Colin Yorkston, Chair of East Lothian Labour Party, said:
“Our MP has decamped to Moray, abandoned his party and declared he is standing for another parliament, but his close ally Paul McLennan has remained silent throughout.
“East Lothian residents will understandably be seeking clarity on this chaotic situation. Is Mr McLennan backing his own party’s leadership in urging Mr MacAskill to resign or is he standing shoulder to shoulder with Mr MacAskill and his new leader Mr Salmond?
“Whatever the answer, the bottom line is that the SNP are again letting down East Lothian and they should not be trusted with a vote at this election. East Lothian deserves better.”