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Humza Yousaf ‘doesn’t have presence’, claims Scotland’s top polling guru

SCOTLAND’s top polling guru delivered a withering verdict on Humza Yousaf ahead of the launch of his government’s 12th independence white paper.

In a damning assessment of his leadership, Sir John Curtice said Mr Yousaf “doesn’t have presence” – while praising the Nats’ Westminster Leader Stephen Flynn.

Humza Yousaf was given a withering verdict by Sir John Curtice
SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday January 31, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS PMQs. Photo credit should read: House of Commons/UK Parliament/PA Wire
Stephen Flynn was praised by the polling guru
Expert Sir John Curtice

The First Minister will mark his first anniversary in office later this week after being sworn in as Nicola Sturgeon’s successor on March 29 last year.

However, Labour has since pulled level with the SNP, according to latest polls, suggesting the parties are neck and neck ahead in Scotland ahead of the general election, expected to take place later this year.

And Sir John told The Herald on Sunday: “Fundamentally, Humza’s problem is he’s a very nice man who’s intellectually able, but he doesn’t have presence, and nobody can give him presence.

“Whereas Stephen Flynn is very clever and he’s got presence. He is the best performer at PMQs at Westminster and that’s a very high bar.

“Now, whether or not he would ever be any good as a minister or party leader, or more broadly, he’s untested, but one gets the impression that he’s largely quelled discontent within the Westminster group.

“Though, of course, the Westminster group are all scared as rabbits that they’re going to lose their seats, but that’s not necessarily his fault.”

It comes ahead of the SNP government launching yet another indy white paper today with a focus on education and lifelong learning.

Education Secretary Jenny Gilruth and Minister for Independence Jamie Hepburn will unveil the document during a visit to an outdoor nursery in Cupar, Fife.

However, Mr Yousaf’s political rivals hit out at the decision to spend more taxpayer cash on the paper – part of the ‘Building a New Scotland’ series aimed at building support for indy.

Scottish Tory chairman Craig Hoy said: “It’s shameful that the divided SNP have resorted to marching people up the hill for independence once again as it’s the only thing they have left to agree on.

Ahead of the launch, Mr Yousaf said: “There is so much more we could do with the full powers of independence – that’s why we have published 11 papers so far in the Building a New Scotland series, with a 12th publishing this week, to ensure voters are equipped with the information they need to make an informed choice on Scotland’s future.”

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