Saturday, 09 July 2016 16:35

TORY right-wing 'itching to cut Scotland's budget'

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TORY LEADERSHIP – “WHOEVER WINS, SCOTLAND WILL LOSE”

Comments from Tory leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom which have come to light today show the Tory right-wing are ‘itching to cut Scotland’s budget even further’, the SNP has said – showing that whoever wins the Tory leadership, Scotland will lose out.

New comments uncovered by the BBC condemn Scotland as “heavily subsidised by the English” and warn of “another nail in the coffin of the Union”, while railing against the “enormously costly layers of government” created by devolution to Scotland.

Commenting, SNP MSP Michael Russell – who is Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee – said:

“We know that elements of the Tory party have for years been itching for the opportunity to hammer Scotland’s budget even further – and Ms Leadsom is just the latest senior Tory to raise questions over Scotland’s funding in recent weeks, following hot on the heels of Michael Gove and several others.

“It’s imperative that both leadership candidates now make it absolutely clear that they respect the fiscal framework signed up to by both the Scottish and UK Governments just a few months ago – and if they fail to do so, people in Scotland will be under no illusions as to what they have in store for our budget.

“Andrea Leadsom has the cheek to ask ‘why on earth would Scots want to break up the Union’ – the answer staring her right in the face is the approach of right-wing Tory politicians like her, who are intent on dragging Scotland out of the EU against our will.

“And when the choice to be next Prime Minister is between Andrea Leadsom and someone with the right-wing track record of Theresa May, it’s clear that whoever wins, Scotland will lose.”

ENDS

Details of Andrea Leadsom’s comments can be found here: https://twitter.com/BBCPhilipSim/status/751385921140977665

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