Ruth Davidson claimed the SNP is a "party going downhill”, and predicted the party will “struggle” to repeat their achievement of winning 56 out of 59 Scottish seats in the 2015 General Election.
Blasting the party as a “nationalist caravan”, Ms Davidson said the SNP has always claimed to be on the up over the past decade, but it is now much more “vulnerable” and could be brought to a “halt” on June 8.
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The SNP is a much more vulnerable party than it was in 2015
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Writing in the Telegraph, she claimed “plenty of SNP MPs will now be looking over their shoulder” in the run up to the election.
The 38-year-old said Sturgeon’s demand for another independence referendum last month “was supposed to have sent the UK Government into a tailspin” but instead, demonstrated “just how out of touch” the SNP has become.
She added: “Make no mistake – the SNP is still the dominant force in Scotland, and it will be a massive challenge for my party to take the fight to them ahead of June 8.
“But this is a much more vulnerable party than it was in 2015. And it is now a rejuvenated Scottish Conservative party which is prepared to lead the charge.”
Ms Davidson’s comments come after Theresa May insisted she would put support for the Union at the centre of her Scottish election campaign.
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The Prime Minister claimed she would be making the case “for the future of the United Kingdom as a United Kingdom”, according to the Telegraph.
Professor John Curtice, Britain’s leading elections scientist, predicted the SNP could win 50 of Scotland’s 59 seats.
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Ms Sturgeon said the election would “once again give people the opportunity to reject the Tories’ narrow, divisive agenda”.
According to reports, Mrs May will continue to refuse another independence vote until the Brexit negotiations have been completed.