The co-founder of the radical pro-independence party RISE has admitted she voted Labour in June’s general election.
Speaking on the Sunday Politics Scotland programme, Cat Boyd said: “I’m proud to say that I voted for Jeremy Corbyn. I voted for him and his manifesto because it was a UK election.”
Boyd, a columnist for the pro-independence National newspaper, denied her support for Labour was undermining independence, adding: “There is still a very clear constitutional crisis in the UK that Corbyn doesn’t have the answers to.”
The one-time RISE candidate also criticised the SNP: “I would like to see the SNP be more radical. But I would also like to see a plurality for independence where the SNP are not the sole voice for independence.”
The revelation brought stinging criticism from many Yes supporters on social media with some claiming voting Labour would always harm independence.
One social media user said: “She voted for Corbyn’s manifesto? The one explicitly against Scottish independence and for a hard no single market or customs union Brexit?”
The decision to vote Labour appeared to contradict an article written by Boyd in which she argued a vote for Labour on her part would result in the election of a ‘narrow minded careerist’.
In the run-up to this year’s general election she wrote:
“And likely, I would end up using my constituency vote for a narrow-minded careerist who will use every opportunity to plot against Corbyn regardless of the country’s or the Labour Party’s democratic wishes.”
Previously the radical left icon had described the Labour party as part of “the dead hand of Better Together”.
In the 2016 Holyrood election, Boyd stood as a list candidate for RISE in Glasgow. The party based its election campaign strategy on persuading SNP supporters to use their so-called second vote for the radical party.
Despite considerable coverage from the main stream media including the BBC and support from prominent alternative media sites including Bella Caledonia, RISE failed to make any impact.
The activist has courted controversy before. In November last year she faced ridicule after, despite having publicly criticised Brexit, Boyd revealed she hadn’t in fact voted in the European Referendum. Boyd made the admission during an appearance on the BBC programme Question Time.