Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has accused the Labour party leadership of “siding with terrorists”.
The MSP made the remark whilst appearing as a guest on the BBC Question Time programme.
Davidson was responding to criticism of Theresa May’s Article 50 letter to the EU in which the PM appeared to threaten to refuse to share intelligence on terrorism unless the UK was granted a free-trade deal.
During an angry exchange with fellow panellist Labour MP Lisa Nandy, the Scottish Conservative leader said: “The only British politicians that are siding with terrorists are your leader and your shadow chancellor, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.”
Davidson’s remark is certain to infuriate her pro-Union Labour allies north of the border.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale recently joined with her Tory rival as both sought to thwart the Scottish Government’s bid to hold a second independence referendum.
However Dugdale is already on record as claiming it would be a “huge mistake” to have the volatile Davidson lead any future pro-Union referendum campaign.
Davidson’s controversial comments come only days after she came under fire after mocking the Scottish accent of a rival MSP. The Scottish Conservative leader was taking part in Holyrood’s Section 30 debate when she took aim at SNP MSP Joan McAlpine.
Addressing the Holyrood chamber, she said: “I also refer the First Minister to that leading authority on all things European, Joan McAlpine, who said in January … and I won’t do the accent …”
The Conservative MSP ignored calls for an apology.