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SNP leadership candidates trade personal blows in televised debate

Kate Forbes clashed with fellow frontrunner Humza Yousaf over his track record in first of four debates to decide Sturgeon’s successor

The battle to lead the Scottish National party became bitter and personal after the two leading candidates attacked each other’s suitability to succeed Nicola Sturgeon in the first televised debate of the leadership campaign.

Kate Forbes clashed with Humza Yousaf over his track record in government, claiming that trains were never on time when he was transport secretary; the police were at breaking point when he was justice secretary; and now, as health secretary, the NHS had the longest ever waiting lists.

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