Westminster attack: SNP lawmaker Roseanna Cunningham accused of 'disgraceful behaviour' in Holyrood

Westminster attack: Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham accused of disgraceful behaviour at Holyrood

The debate on Scottish independence was suspended (Stock image)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scotland's environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has been accused of disgraceful behaviour after the attack on Westminster. 

A debate on Scottish independence in Holyrood was suspended following the attack. The MSP then shouted and jabbed her finger towards the Conservative benches, according to The Herald.

Conservative MSPs claimed the woman went on to say it was “an absolute disgrace" to suspend the debate as it was “giving into terrorists.”

Some Tory sources have also stated that Cunningham said, “this is because you didn’t want to talk about independence," but the SNP have argued against this.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh suspended the debate just before 4pm, causing Cunningham to become angry, but most of her anger seemed to be directed towards Murdo Fraser, who called for the suspension after hearing about the terror attack.

Deputy Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw wrote in a tweet that Cunningham was guilty of “absolutely disgraceful conduct," adding that it was “totally unbecoming."

Carlaw later said: “She started shouting it was a disgrace that it was suspended. Some of her own colleagues calmed her down. I thought it was a very odd way for her to behave.

"I hope it was because she was not fully aware of events elsewhere and will realise it was not her best moment."

However, Cunningham's spokesperson has said: “Roseanna’s first thoughts are with all of those affected, and while she did initially take the view, shared by some from other parties, that business should not be suspended in the face of terrorism, she fully supports the decision, given the seriousness of events.”