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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