Boris Johnson drops plan to visit Scotland before Holyrood election


Boris Johnson (Image: © Ben Shread / Cabinet Office / Open Government Licence (OGL v.3))

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, will not visit Scotland to campaign for the Conservatives in the run-up to the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May.


Talking to reporters after his Holyrood manifesto launch, Douglas Ross, the leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, admitted that Johnson would not be making a trip to Scotland before the election.


The move has been interpreted as a recognition of Johnson's unpopularity in Scotland, with fears that his visiting might harm the party's chances in the election.


The UK's Prime Minister visited Scotland in January 2021 at the height of the second wave of the pandemic. At the time, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the journey as "not essential" travel.


In Scotland, opinion polls indicate that most Scottish people think that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has been doing a significantly better job in handling the pandemic than Boris Johnson.


A poll at the end of 2020 also showed that the UK's Prime Minister’s style of leadership was disliked by more than three quarters of the people of Scotland.

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