A SEVENTH Nats MP has said he will step down in the next general election as the SNP exodus continues.
John McNally announced he will be stepping down amid falling support for the party.
The Falkirk MP claimed he made the decision after “some soul-searching”.
The Scottish Sun expects more SNP MPs to announce they will not stand in next year’s vote.
Mr McNally, 72, said: “It has been my honor to represent communities across the constituency for the last eight years but now it’s time to pass the baton to someone else, hopefully younger.”
He is the seventh Nats MP to say they will step down – along with the party’s Westminster Deputy Leader Mhairi Black and former Westminster Leader Ian Blackford.
Stewart Hosie, Angela Crawley, Douglas Chapman and Peter Grant have also stated that they will be quitting.
This comes at a time when a series of polls show the SNP is set to lose some seats in Westminster – and Labor votes are rising in Scotland.
According to a survey, Scottish Labor could overtake the Nats here.
Scotland’s Shadow Minister Ian Murray said: “Every day a different SNP MP seems to be throwing in the towel.
“You know the writing is on the wall.
“People in Scotland are increasingly weary of their outdated and no-contact policies.”
Mr Hosie, the former deputy leader of the SNP, has had to refute proposals to split the party in Westminster after MP Angus MacNeil was suspended for a week.
Mr MacNeil was stripped of the whip after an alleged altercation with Chief Whip Brendan O’Hara.
Asked by the BBC about the splits, Mr Hosie said: “I think some immoderate words have been used, let’s not be harsher.
“What we need to do now is put this behind us and move on together.”
“And no, it doesn’t suggest anything bigger than an unfortunate argument.”
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