Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Boris Johnson Backs Devo-Max For London


TORIES SAY ‘YES’ TO FINANCIAL POWERS FOR LONDON BUT ‘NO’ TO SCOTLAND

Seizing on calls by Mayor Boris Johnson for ‘devo-max’ financial powers for London, the SNP said the Tories needed to explain why they were saying ‘yes’ to powers for London and ‘no’ to powers for Scotland.

SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said Mayor Johnson’s calls would create more confusion for the Scottish Tories – who even failed to put in a submission to the UK Government’s referendum consultation, the only party not to.

Mr Hosie said:

“Boris Johnson has set the cat amongst the pigeons with his plans for devo-max for London. The Tories now need to explain why they are saying ‘yes’ to powers for London and ‘no’ to powers for Scotland.

“Mayor Johnson’s manifesto for London adds to the increasingly confused position of the Tories in Scotland. It’s no wonder the Tories could not even agree on a submission to their own government’s consultation on the referendum – leaving them the only party not to make a submission.

“Boris Johnson’s arguments for London are even stronger for Scotland – with the latest Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland figures (GERS) showing that, last year alone, Scotland was in a stronger financial position than the UK as a whole to the tune of nearly £2.7 billion – or £510 for every man, woman and child in Scotland.”
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