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In a dramatic twist of political destiny, First Minister Humza Yousaf finds his future doubtlessly within the arms of MSP Ash Regan, a colleague he beforehand dismissed as “no great loss” to the SNP upon her defection.

With Yousaf teetering on the sting of being toppled after a tumultuous day, it is Regan who would possibly maintain the important thing to his survival.

Yousaf was unfazed by Regan’s departure to hitch Alex Salmond’s breakaway pro-independence occasion, Alba, the place she made historical past as its first MSP at Holyrood. Regan cited the SNP’s waning dedication to independence as her cause for leaving.

Now, as Yousaf faces a precarious vote of no confidence that threatens to finish his tenure as first minister embarrassingly quickly, we revisit his candid remarks about Regan’s change.

His phrases have been chopping: “It is no great loss to the SNP group I have to say, and it is also hardly not a surprise either given Ash’s statements for many months, in fact for longer than that.”

He did not cease there, including: “Ash should do the decent thing, she should resign her seat she was elected on an SNP ticket. I can give you a guarantee that people did not vote for Ash in her constituency because of any personal vote, they voted for her because she had the SNP logo next to her name in the 2021 election.”, experiences the Scottish Daily Express.

Concluding his scathing evaluation, Yousaf insisted: “So if she had principles she would do the right thing and resign but I have to say it is no great loss to the SNP.”

The common consensus is that he grossly miscalculated the wave of anger his Thursday morning announcement to terminate the Bute House Agreement would set off.

However, he is doubtless effectively conscious of this sentiment now, because the Greens have joined forces with Labour and the Lib Dems in supporting Douglas Ross’ movement of no confidence. The vote is anticipated to happen subsequent week.