Scottish independence: Women say No to 'blokeish' First Minister Alex Salmond
Mark Leftly is political correspondent at The Independent on Sunday and associate business editor across the Independent titles. He writes a weekly column, Parliamentary Business, published on a Wednesday, that covers politics and the City. He is a multi-award winning reporter and was named Press Gazette's business magazine journalist of the year prior to joining The Independent on Sunday.
Sunday 10 August 2014
Alex Salmond's "blokeish attitude" has made him a liability among women in Scotland during the independence referendum campaign, according to one of his chief opponents.
Margaret Curran, the Shadow Scottish Secretary, said Mr Salmond is "becoming a bit of a difficulty" for the Yes campaign after he lost last Tuesday's TV debate against Alistair Darling.
The First Minister of Scotland has long been considered the 'Yes' campaign's trump card. However, a Survation poll in the wake of the debate published yesterday showed that 52 per cent of women will reject independence in the 18 September vote.
Ms Curran said this weekend: "This blokeish attitude doesn't work with people, particularly women. I don't think his recent performances have done him any favours."
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