Sunday, 29 April 2018 06:49

LABOUR’S “EXTRAORDINARY HYPOCRISY” ON PUBLIC CONTRACT POWERS

Scottish Labour will be guilty of “extraordinary hypocrisy” if they fail to back to back the SNP against the Tory power grab – which would give away powers Labour have demanded the Scottish Government use. 
 

The Tory EU Withdrawal Bill would give the UK government the power to act in a range of devolved areas – even in the face of explicit opposition from the Scottish Parliament.
 
One of the areas affected by the power grab is public procurement – with the Tories wanting to take control of the rules governing public contracts for up to seven years.
 
By failing to stand up against the EU Withdrawal Bill, Labour – who have demanded that the Scottish Government change procurement policy – are now failing to back those powers coming in full to the Scottish Parliament.
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Tom Arthur said:
 
“Labour constantly demand the Scottish Government fix problems in reserved areas – even when Labour themselves have blocked these powers coming to Holyrood.
 
“That hypocrisy is bad enough – but Labour will be guilty of double hypocrisy if they now back the Tories’ power grab bid.  
 
“The issue of procurement policy is a case in point.
 
“The SNP has taken great steps to ensure that public contracts support small businesses and create wider community benefits – but we’ve had to work within European procurement law.
 
“Just last month Labour led a Holyrood debate demanding that we go further. But to do so we need the powers where they belong – in the Scottish Parliament, not in the hands of Tory Ministers.
 
“If Labour refuse, yet again, to stand up for devolution then it will expose the extraordinary hypocrisy at the heart of Richard Leonard’s leadership.”

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