The SNP has suspended an ex-Scottish government minister after he repeatedly criticised his party.
Fergus Ewing, who just this week was awarded MSP of the Year, had the whip removed after a disciplinary hearing with party bosses.
The move came after he repeatedly voted against the Scottish government and openly criticised policies such as the party's controversial gender reforms.
He had also objected to plans for highly protected marine areas (HPMAs), the deposit return scheme and the Scottish Government’s deal with the Scottish Greens.
Fergus Ewing said the SNP had let down Scotland
Before the summer recess, Ewing voted with the opposition in favour of a motion of no confidence in Green co-leader and Government minister Lorna Slater.
Speaking after tonight's suspension, the politician accused the SNP of no longer "putting Scotland first"."I bit my tongue when I didn’t agree with certain policies the party was was promoting," he said.
“I did so because I thought fundamentally that the party that has been such a big party of my life was fundamentally proceeding in the right way for Scotland – standing up for Scotland.
“The SNP is not an ordinary party – we are a party that has always put Scotland first, and that means to me, putting the interests of the people of Scotland first.