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The Shadow Scotland Secretary was asked by the Channel 4 News host whether he would side with Boris Johnson should the SNP win the May 2021 elections in Scotland on a second independence referendum manifesto. Mr Murray replied: “We can’t turn the 2021 election into a referendum on whether to have a referendum when the country is in crisis.”
But Mr Guru-Murthy blasted the Labour MP adding: “If the SNP stand on that platform and win, then that’s what they’ve done.
“What you’re saying is that you will side with Boris Johnson.
“That is why Labour has gone from the party of a government in Scotland to an irrelevant one.”
Mr Murray hit back: “No, the key thing for the Labour Party is that we are still the only major party that believes in devolution.
“It’s quite clear that the Conservatives don’t.
“And the SNP only use devolution to demolish devolution for independence.”
According to a new poll, almost three-quarters of people in Scotland believe the Scottish Government has handled the coronavirus pandemic well.
The study for BBC Scotland found that 72 percent of those questioned think it has done well and just 15 percent think it has handled the situation badly, while 12 percent say it has done neither well or badly and the remainder do not know.
A similar Ipsos Mori poll conducted in May found that 78 percent of respondents said the Scottish Government was doing well and 11 percent badly.
Meanwhile, only a quarter (25 percent) of the 1,037 Scottish adults questioned said they think the UK Government has handled the pandemic well, while more than half (55 percent) think it has done badly, the November poll found.
Only 19 percent of those questioned said Prime Minister Boris Johnson has handled the crisis well, while 62 percent said he has handled it badly.
However, almost three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents believe First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has handled the pandemic well, while only 13 percent say she has done so badly.
This compares with a similar poll in May where 82 percent felt she was dealing with it well and just 8 percent felt she was handling the situation badly.
The research also found that 64 percent of people who voted No in the 2014 independence referendum believe the Scottish Government has handled the pandemic well, while more than two thirds (65 percent) say the same of Nicola Sturgeon.
In this group less than a third (31 percent) believe the UK Government has addressed the pandemic well, while just more than a quarter (26 percent) say the same of Boris Johnson.
The Ipsos Mori poll was conducted by telephone between November 10 and 15.
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A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Opinion polls and surveys have consistently shown very strong confidence in the Scottish Government’s handling of the crisis.
“We are acutely aware that in every decision we take lives and jobs are at stake, and people overwhelmingly understand that none of these decisions are taken lightly.
“We need to stop the virus running out of control and abide by public health guidance, which matters now more than ever.”
A UK Government spokesman said: “Now is the time for the United Kingdom to be pulling together, to focus on defeating this virus.
“Since his first day, the Prime Minister has committed to delivering for every corner of the UK and throughout the pandemic the UK Government has worked closely with the devolved administrations and local partners.
“Never has it been more important for Scotland to be part of a strong United Kingdom, with the might of the UK Treasury supporting jobs and businesses in Scotland and all parts of the UK.”
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