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‘I don’t trust Sturgeon!’ Ex-SNP voters give damning verdict on party’s election campaign

Wendy Allan, a 42-year-old full-time carer from Aberdeenshire, said it was a “clincher” when Sturgeon used her campaign to ramp up her incessant demands to break Scotland away from the UK.

She told the Observer: “The minute Sturgeon started talking about another referendum, that was a clincher. I have friends who voted Yes but have now voted Labour because they have had enough.

“People are tired of the to-ing and fro-ing. Within weeks of Brexit, Sturgeon was back on her soap box; I think she realises now that was a mistake.”

Ms Allan used her vote to oust former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond from his seat, casting her ballot for the Conservatives in the Gordon constituency.

She said: “I was tortured in the runup to the election.

“I’m unhappy about Tory plans to cut the disability benefits and I’m thinking who will look after my mother – but in the end it was a tactical vote and I’m delighted to see the back of Salmond.”

Ms Allan’s sympathies were echoed by former fisherman Murdo Mackenzie, 51, who supported Brexit and said Scottish voters were angry over Sturgeon’s position on Europe.

He said: “Europe is dictating our fishing quotas. I’ve voted SNP all my life but if you take power away from Westminster and hand it to Brussels, how is that independence?”

Alan Buchan, 73-year-old an ex-oil worker whose industry has seen thousands of job cuts in Scotland in recent years, said he did not trust Sturgeon over Europe and cast his vote for the Tories instead.

He told the newspaper: “I voted to stay in the UK and I voted for Brexit. I don’t trust Sturgeon so I voted for who would give us the least bad deal and that’s May.”

On the younger end of the Scottish electorate, 18-year-old Murray Coueslant, a first time voter in Aberdeen North, said he voted against the SNP because he did not support independence.

He said: “I don’t think independence is the right thing for Scotland. I believe in voting for a party not a leader so I voted Lib Dem.”

The SNP suffered a disastrous night at the polls Thursday after it lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015 to the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems.

Sturgeon said she would “reflect carefully” on the result, and conceded her party’s plans for a second independence referendum were “undoubtedly” a factor in the outcome.

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