Humza Yousaf faces internal leadership challenge from SNP activist

The First Minister has been accused of 'spending too much time pontificating about what he claims party policy is' by Chris Hanlon of the party's Fife branch.

First Minister Humza Yousaf faces leadership challenge from Fife SNP activist STV News

An SNP activist has hinted at an attempt to challenge First Minister Humza Yousaf, claiming the leader’s position was “conditional” on listening to party members.

Chris Hanlon, the secretary of a Fife branch of the party, posted a picture to Twitter on Sunday of nomination forms for the SNP leadership.

Alongside the picture – which he described as a “petition for SNP members” – he said: “The job of party leader is to implement party policy, all of party policy, and nothing but party policy. Party policy is decided by Conference.

“If, like me, you are concerned that leadership spends too much time pontificating about what they claim party policy is rather than waiting for members to decide or telling journalists that the decision hasn’t been made yet and that questions about the specific details of the independence election will have to wait till conference, I’d like to hear from you.”

He added: “I haven’t made any decisions but if you feel, as I do, that feet need to be held to the fire, please comment below.

“@HumzaYousaf promised to listen, I think we should make it clear that his position is conditional on living up to that promise.”

It is not clear how many nominations Mr Hanlon would need to challenge the First Minister, although contenders in this year’s leadership election had to secure 100 signatures from 20 branches.

The intervention comes after MP Angus MacNeil was suspended from the party after announcing he would not re-take the SNP whip at Westminster following a suspension.

He described the party’s strategy on independence as “clueless”, saying he would wait until after the October SNP conference to make a decision on re-joining the Westminster group.

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