MSPs quit SNP over Nato policy

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Highland MSPs John Finnie and Jean Urquhart have announced that they are quitting the Scottish National Party.

The pair described the decision as “heart-wrenching” and said they would continue to sit as independent MSPs with no official party affiliation.

Party leader Alex Salmond said he was saddened by the resignations.

The SNP now has a majority of one at Holyrood, although the MSPs said they would support most party policy.

The change of stance on Nato membership was approved at the party’s conference in Perth on Friday by 426 votes to 332.

The policy was opposed by several MSPs and rank and file members, including Mr Finnie and Ms Urquhart

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