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Westminster’s squalid cesspool fuels desire for independence

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Pete Wishart described Westminster as a ‘corrupt and shady cesspool’ (House of Commons / PA)

The Scots will support independence because they want to “get the hell out of” Westminster’s “shady cesspool”, the SNP said.

Pete Wishart used trade questions to highlight an opinion poll suggesting majority support for Scottish independence.

The SNP phantom leader in the Commons said: ‘The people of Scotland are looking at this corrupt and shady cesspool and they don’t like what they see.

“They quickly determine it’s time to get the hell out of this place.”

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg replied: “He wants to go back and forth in opinion polls, and I note that even SNP supporters don’t think that a referendum on independence. is very important.

“I think they want to see the SNP government in Scotland continue to run Scotland well and run the health services, build the roads and tackle whatever issues they fail to solve.”

The Ipsos Mori survey for STV News showed 55% support for Yes and 45% for No among likely voters when the undecided were excluded.

Mr Wishart also suggested that Mr Rees-Mogg should “recuse himself” from discussions of standards reforms in parliament after it emerged he was under investigation.

Mr Wishart said: “Today the House leader is making headlines as he emerges as the last government minister to be investigated on his outside interests.

“Six million pounds – I didn’t know it was so loaded. He could buy two peerages in the House of Lords with this money.

He added, “We need to debate the Standards Committee report… the House leader needs to withdraw from this debate. “

Mr Rees-Mogg said 16th century legislation enabled him, in his role as Lord President of the Council, to sit in the House of Lords, adding: “It is not a privilege that I have ever used , I’m afraid their lordships a little surprised.

The decision to investigate Mr Rees-Mogg came after Labor demanded an investigation into a £ 6million loan which the party said it failed to report correctly.

Mr Rees-Mogg issued a statement saying the rules did not require loans to be reported.