Sunday, 18 June 2017

Blackford - Crucial Week Must See Humbled Tory Government Change Course

SNP Call for Consensus Against Hard Brexit

The SNP’s new Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said that the humbled Tory government must change course on Brexit.

With negotiations with the EU scheduled to begin in Brussels tomorrow, and the Queen’s speech expected to be delivered on Wednesday, Mr Blackford said that the electorate had delivered a mortal blow to the Tory hard Brexit and to further austerity – and the Tories now have no option but to change course and reach out to others.

Mr Blackford added that the negotiations must proceed on an all-party, all-government basis, with the involvement of the devolved administrations.

Commenting, Mr Blackford said:

“With Brexit negotiations set to begin, the election has made it crystal clear that the Tory position of a hard Brexit does not carry the support of the public, and any attempt to plough on regardless will have damaging consequences for Scotland and the UK.

“Theresa May asked the electorate to strengthen her hand, but instead they have cut the Tories down to size – voters gave a clear instruction that the Conservatives cannot govern alone and must now reach out to others.

“The Prime Minister must ensure that the Brexit negotiations are representative of all of the UK nations – something which is backed by Scottish business leaders – and that will aim for an outcome which protects Scotland’s interests, particularly our continued place in the Single Market.

“They must also change course on austerity, which is putting so much pressure on our public services, and pushing more and more working families and children into a life of poverty.

“Another parliament of Tory cuts is a political choice – not a necessity – and it has been decisively rejected by voters.

“The SNP has produced credible plans both for dealing with Brexit and an alternative to austerity – protecting our place in the Single Market and protecting public investment in our public services – and the Tory government must now give these plans serious consideration.

“SNP MPs stand ready to work constructively with the UK government to protect Scotland’s jobs, our economy and our public services – but the humbled Tory party must now put country before party and reach out to others.”

Sunday, 28 May 2017

SNP Plan to release £118 Billion of Anti-Austerity Investment

Manifesto Outlines Credible Alternative to Cuts

Nicola Sturgeon will set out a fiscally responsible plan to end Tory austerity cuts, and boost support for public services and family budgets, when the SNP launches its election manifesto in Perth on Tuesday.
The plans present a credible alternative to proposals from the Tories and Labour which have been heavily criticised by the IFS and aim to moderate, in a responsible way, the rate of deficit reduction by balancing current spending instead of aggressive cuts intended to accumulate a surplus.

According to the IFS, Tory plans would condemn the UK to continued austerity whilst Labour’s tax plans would hit households across the board and fail to raise the funding they have promised.

Under SNP plans which will be outlined in the manifesto, an additional £118bn would be released for public spending UK-wide over the course of the parliament – freeing up resources for public services, protecting family budgets, and enabling a fair social security system.

The SNP’s fiscal plan would aim to balance the current budget by the end of the Parliament (2021/22), stabilise net borrowing at the level it was at before the financial crash and see debt begin to fall as a share of GDP from 2019/20.

Branding Tory plans for deeper austerity "unnecessary, ideological and self-defeating", Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Now more than ever before we need strong SNP voices to stand up to the Tories – and stand up for Scotland – at Westminster.

“Both the Conservatives and Labour’s economic plans at this election have unravelled already under scrutiny from the IFS, which has confirmed that a vote for the Tories is a vote for more cuts.

"The SNP manifesto will set out a clear alternative to continued Tory austerity – and the unnecessary, ideological, and self-defeating cuts that have held back the economy, damaged public services, and hammered millions by squeezing family budgets.

“We will not follow the Tories in their blind pursuit of a pre-election surplus to spend in five years time, or Labour in their reckless plans to hike taxes without knowing if they will secure any additional revenue.

"The SNP will put forward a responsible and credible fiscal plan that will free up an additional £118 billion of public investment to grow the economy, safeguard our public services, protect household incomes and put the UK’s finances back on a stable footing.

“If that money was rightly spent on public services and supporting low paid households it could inject a further £10bn over the next parliament into spending in Scotland.

“The Tories’ plans have nothing to do with strong public finances and are all about their desire to cut benefits, cut pensions and shrink our public services like the NHS and the police. It is only the SNP that can keep the Tories in check.

“Now more than ever, it is vital we have strong SNP voices to stop the Tory cuts, protect our pensioners, back our essential public services and help households meet the rising cost of living.

“A vote for the SNP will send a strong message to the Tories that unnecessary cuts are simply unacceptable and will help us make Scotland the best country it can be.”

Monday, 22 May 2017

Tory U-Turn on Care Costs Reveals "Weak and Wobbling" PM

Strong SNP Voices Needed to Stand Up for Older People

Commenting on Theresa May’s embarrassing U-turn on the costs of social care – where she announced a consultation on a cap on care costs following intense criticism of the Tory manifesto provisions – SNP Depute Leader and candidate for Moray, Angus Robertson, said:

“This is an utter humiliation for Theresa May, and the U-turn betrays the reality of the Tory leadership – that of a weak and wobbling Prime Minister.

“Just four days after launching their manifesto, Mrs May has crumbled under criticism and announced this embarrassing reverse.

“Today’s U-turn follows the climb down over National Insurance policy in the last Budget. So the question now is what else is set to be ditched from an unravelling manifesto, by a Tory party which is clearly in panic?

“The manifesto policy on care costs has clearly bombed with voters on the doorsteps. And older people are right to be horrified by the Tories’ attacks on pensioner incomes – while cutting taxes for the rich, the Conservatives want to slash winter fuel payments and are refusing to guarantee fair state pension increases.

“The more this campaign continues, the more the Tory mask slips and the more we see the cruel consequences of their policies – no wonder the Prime Minister is afraid to face voters.

“On June 8th, the people of Scotland have a chance to elect strong SNP voices who will stand up for Scotland’s pensioners – protecting free personal care for the elderly, supporting the triple-lock on pensions and protecting winter fuel payments.

“Now more than ever, it is vital that we have strong SNP voices standing up for Scotland at Westminster.”

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Angus Robertson: SNP MPs Will 'Always Put The People Of Scotland First'

The Leader of the SNP at Westminster Angus Robertson has said that only SNP MPs will ‘put the people of Scotland first’ and continue to be a ‘stronger voice for Scotland’.
On the day the current Westminster parliament is dissolved, Angus Robertson has highlighted the SNP’s effective opposition to the Tories in the last parliament – and stressed that only by returning SNP MPs on June 8th can Scotland be protected from an emboldened Tory government with a disastrous Hard Brexit agenda, while Labour languish in the polls and stumble from crisis to crisis.

Angus Robertson commented :

“The SNP will stand up for Scotland in the next parliament – and continue to be the stronger voice for Scotland against the possibility of an emboldened, right-wing Tory party taking us off the cliff edge of a disastrous and deeply damaging Hard Brexit.

“It is becoming clearer by the day – following the revelations from the Juncker-May dinner – that the level of incompetence and incoherence from the Tories is staggering and that the prospect for Brexit negotiations with Tories in charge is deeply alarming.

“It is the SNP who have led the only effective opposition to the Tories at Westminster over the last two years, and in the next parliament we continue to do so – Scotland can only be protected from an unfettered Tory majority by electing SNP MPs on June 8th. The SNP’s record at Westminster demonstrates how essential it is that the SNP continues to stand up for Scotland.

“On Brexit - the SNP put forward amendments to the Article 50 Bill, including requiring the UK government to consider the interests of devolved administrations and protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK. However, the unamended Bill was passed with Labour’s support, once again giving the Tories a blank cheque for their Hard Brexit plan.

“On a whole raft of other issues it is also the SNP who challenge the Tories – from the disgraceful dilemma and injustice of the WASPI women to the opposition to the abhorrent rape clause.

“The SNP has been the only effective opposition whilst Labour have been sitting on their hands and continue with their endless in-fighting and leadership challenges. The latest figures show that SNP MPs have continued to outperform Labour and Tory MPs by participating in far more debates at Westminster than either party.

“The figures show that SNP MPs each contributed to an average of eight debates in March this year – while Labour and Tory MPs contributed to just five each – and in 2015-16, SNP MPs spoke in an average of 61 debates. This is almost double the number of their Scottish Labour predecessors, who spoke in an average of just 27 debates in 2014-15.

“This election offer a clear choice for the future. The more Tory MPs there are at Westminster, the heavier the price Scotland will pay.

“This is a Tory party who think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it – the SNP won’t let them.

“The SNP will always put the people of Scotland first – and between now and June 8th we will work harder than ever to retain the trust of the people.”
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