09 November 2019 00:31
A SCOTTISH Tory MP has been mocked after suggesting Boris Johnson "absolutely cares about Scotland." Kirstene Hair made the statement on BBC Question Time last night - with much of the Glasgow audience laughing loudly at her comment. 4 Angus MP Kirstene Hair was ridiculed for saying Boris Johnson cared about Scotland SNP Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, Labour MP Barry Gardiner and Scottish journalist Angela Haggerty - all on the panel - were also tickled by Hair's suggestion. And the Angus MP, 30, was also roundly mocked on Twitter for her defence of the Prime Minister. Talking about Scotland's SNP governement, Hair said: "Nicola Sturgeon is so focused on independence, everything in the domestic agenda has be de-prioritised. 4 Hair's statement was met with loud laughter from the Glasgow audience 4 Angela Haggerty (second left), Barry Gardiner (third left) and Humza Yousaf (right) also chuckled at the comment "That's not the Scotland we want to see.
That's utilising your position to campaign for what your party wants. "And I believe Boris Johnson does absolutely care about Scotland." Her comment was instantly met with laughter from the audience, as the camera showed several smirking faces. Glasgow-born Gardiner, MP for Brent North in Greater London, cut in, telling her: "You lost it there." Hair tried to continue, but was forced to repeat herself four times before the laughter had died down. 4 Johnson sampling whisky on his short visit to Scotland yesterday Credit: AP:Associated Press And when asked by host Fiona Bruce about the audience's reaction, Hair ignored it. She chose instead to highlight that Johnson will say "absolutely no" to any request for Indyref2 from Sturgeon.
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The laughter as she tries to convince Scotland that Boris cares pic.twitter.com/g38hM8MFMa — Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) November 7, 2019 The footage, seen more than 236,000 times, sparked criticism on the social media platform. Michael Russell, Scotland's cabinet secretary for government business and constitutional relations in the Scottish Government, tweeted: "This should worry the Tories – an MP seeking re-election promoting her party leader, who is Prime Minister, and being met with derisive laughter. No wonder he doesn't meet voters in Scotland face to face." Amid a sea of condemnation on Twitter, HighlandTory came to the defence of his party. He tweeted: "Oh yes, I'm sure this is going to send shockwaves through the Tory ranks, a few nationalists in a crowd in a yes city making their voices heard, truly unprecedented." Ms Hair was joined on the panel by shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner, Scottish Government justice secretary Humza Yousaf, journalist and broadcaster Angela Haggerty, and businessman Iain Anderson. "Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, getting a Brexit deal, focussing on public services and saying no to Nicola Sturgeon's second independence referendum"@Kirstene4Angus says voting Conservative in the general election will 'move the country forward'. #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/P5aJxlDE59 — BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) November 7, 2019 A Tory minister who appeared on BBC Question Time hosted in Glasgow was laughed at by the audience for saying the Prime Minister 'cares about Scotland'. The clip from the flagship program showing former Tory MP Kirstene Hair saying Boris Johnson cares about Scotland, prompting laughter from the Glasgow audience, has been widely shared on social media. During the debate, the former MP for Angus, who featured on the panel, claimed that the SNP was failing Scotland and that the party was too busy "chasing independence", causing them to lose sight of other issues. She added: "Nicola Sturgeon is so focused on independence that everything in the domestic agenda has been deprioritised. She went on to say: "I believe Boris Johnson does absolutely care about Scotland, he was up in Moray today..." but was soon interrupted by loud bursts of laughter coming from the audience. Another panellist on the show, Barry Gardener, who seemed to agree with Ms Hair, said: "You lost it, really good up until that point!" The clip has since been shared thousands of times on social media, and was posted by Scotland's Justice Minister, Humza Yousaf, who said: "This clip should be watched and shared over and over and over again. One audience member reacted to Ms Hair's statement, saying that Scotland would "never get independence in Scotland" under Boris Johnson because "he treats Scotland with contempt". The first time Boris Johnson visited Scotland, he was heckled by protesters, forcing him to leave a meeting via the backdoor to avoid a repeat of the incident. A BBC Question Time clip featuring former Tory MP Kirstene Hair has been widely shared after comments regarding Boris Johnson prompted laughter from the Glasgow audience. The former Conservative MP for Angus featured on the Question Time panel as the show visited Scotland. READ MORE: Question Time from Glasgow review Kirstene Hair said that she believed the SNP was failing Scotland and that 'chasing independence' had seen them lose sight of other issues. She said: "Nicola Sturgeon is so focused on independence that everything in the domestic agenda has been deprioritised. She added: "I believe Boris Johnson does absolutely care about Scotland, he was up in Moray today..." but before she could continue she was interrupted by loud bursts of laughter from the crowd. This clip should be watched and shared over and over and over again. — Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) November 7, 2019 READ MORE: As it happened: There is a mandate for independence, BBC Question panel told Another panellist on the show, Barry Gardener told the Conservative: "You lost it, really good up until that point!" The short clip has since been shared thousands of times with comedian Janey Godley and others posting the moment on social media. Scotland's Justice Minister Humza Yousaf also shared the clip writing: "This clip should be watched and shared over and over and over again. If you think Boris cares about Scotland you are deluded and people will (rightly) laugh at you!" READ MORE: BBC Question Time Glasgow: Scottish Tory Kirstene Hair did not vote in EU referendum On the show, Kristene Hair also said the SNP has no mandate for another Scottish independence referendum. "If I was given the vote again, I would want to be independent if it meant that we would be in the EU" This audience member, who voted No to Scottish independence in 2014, says Brexit has changed her view. #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/lBEyIfAlcZ — BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) November 7, 2019 She said: "We were told by the SNP that a referendum was once in a generation, once in a lifetime. Five years is not a generation, nor a lifetime." She says we should stand by the decision: "Nicola Sturgeon needs to listen." Nicola Sturgeon is so focused on independence that everything in the domestic agenda has been deprioritised. That's not the Scotland we want to see, that's not governing, that's utilising your position to campaign for what your party wants.