1 February 2021 | UK NEWS

A front bench SNP MP has announced her dismissal via social media.

The MP for Edinburgh South West announced on Twitter that she had been sacked from her position as Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, despite her “hard work, results & a strong reputation”.

The Scottish National Party has made several changes to its Westminster line-up ahead of the Holyrood elections, currently scheduled to take place on the 6 May 2021.

The reshuffle revealed that Anne McLaughlin MP had now been appointed as the party’s Westminster spokeswoman for justice and immigration.

Ms Cherry is a close ally of former party leader Alex Salmond and has been vocal in the party’s debate on transgender rights.

The MP for Edinburgh South West also believes that “Westminster is increasingly irrelevant to Scotland’s constitutional future” and criticised the SNP, claiming they “would do well to radically re-think [their] strategy”.

Ms Cherry was also the recipient of a “vicious threat” on Monday, and Police Scotland confirmed they were investigating the matter.

Kirsty Blackman, MP for Aberdeen North, sent her thoughts to Ms Cherry and labelled the threat “totally unacceptable”, wishing the police “every success in bringing this individual to justice”.

Cherry responded to this saying that “this is what happens when you rile up your base with lies & smears”. She also advised the fellow SNP MP to “think hard” before she “attack[ed] a colleague on social media”.

Andrew is a political reporter and researcher. He has been a writer for a number of political and financial sites. His interests include classical history and rowing.

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