Joanna Cherry threatened to take legal action against the SNP

During a 70-minute interview at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the MP said the mood in the party had “changed noticeably for the better” since Stephen Flynn replaced Ian Blackford.

She also said she felt First Minister Humza Yousaf wanted to “cure” the SNP’s disagreements over the Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

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Ms Cherry said she experienced homophobic bullying from colleagues under the previous regime.

When asked for an example, she referenced the reaction when she agreed to speak at the LGB Alliance conference in 2021.

She told the audience: “Some of my colleagues gave speeches and tried to prevent me from speaking at the event [LGB alliance] conference and asked for my whip to be removed.

She said she was determined to go and told the party that if they tried to stop it, she would see her in court.

Ms Cherry said she believes the tide is turning in the sex and gender debate, citing the Labor Party’s about-face on self-identity.

“A lot of people have concerns about self-identification and are afraid to speak up because they saw what it did to me.

“You know, not only did I lose my seat on the first bench, there was a determined attempt to get my expulsion from the party. Or basically trying to force me out of position.

“But I think that’s over now.

“The leaderships under which this happened, both leaders, have evolved. And certainly, as I said, Stephen Flynn has given us immense support.

“We’ve had civilized discussions about my position on this issue and I’m also in touch with Humza and I think he wants, my impression is that he wants to clear up a bit about what’s going on in the party. ”

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Ms Cherry also said she wanted to move to Holyrood.

“I don’t want to be in opposition for the rest of my life. I would really like to be in government and so I would like to be able to stand for Holyrood.”

“The Westminster Group has been a very difficult working environment for me for a number of years. And one day I’ll tell the whole story of what happened behind the scenes.

“Since Stephen Flynn became the leader of the Westminster group that has certainly changed because Stephen is his own man. I think he’s someone to keep an eye on. I think he’s a potential future SNP boss.”

“I like to think of the intolerance that has existed within the SNP in recent years as a blip in our party’s history.” It’s over. We go ahead differently.”

Ms Cherry said she never considered joining Alex Salmond’s Alba, “because that’s what my enemies within the party are asking of me and I’m fully committed to staying in the SNP and trying to bring them back there, where she should be.”

At an event earlier this week, while speaking on gender reform, SNP MP Mhairi Black said transgender people were “not an intellectual debate”.

In response to the comments, Ms Cherry said: “I saw my colleague Mhari Black say she didn’t want to debate it. I really enjoy an intellectual debate because that’s what I get paid for,” she added.

She added: “I believe that those of us who have been elected to legislate have a responsibility to look into the details of legislation and the consequences of legislation.”

“If politicians can’t handle nuance and don’t want intellectual debate, then they’re in the wrong job.”

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