Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:53


SNP Westminster Depute Leader Kirsty Blackman MP has called on David Mundell to ‘stand down  - and stand down now‘ as Tory Secretary of State for Scotland.

Following reports that Mundell is to make a statement in the Commons, Kirsty Blackman MP said the only acceptable statement would be his resignation as he has ‘utterly failed to protect devolution and the Scottish Parliament’. Mr Mundell’s statement appears to be designed to prevent him having to go ahead with a scheduled evidence session in the Scottish Parliament on Brexit.
The call comes following the democratic outrage of the Tories’ Westminster power grab on devolved administrations - which was not debated in the chamber and just 15 minutes were allocated at Westminster on issues related to devolution during the EU Withdrawal Bill debate  –with no Scottish MPs given the opportunity to speak as the entire time was taken up by Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington.
The Tory power-grab was approved by Westminster, ignoring the voice of Scotland’s parliament which withheld consent, with SNP MPs the only Scottish representatives to vote against it.
Kirsty Blackman MP said:
"David Mundell has to do the right thing  – his statement today must be his resignation.
"The Secretary of State has utterly failed to protect devolution and the Scottish parliament and the only appropriate response is for him to stand down - and stand down now.
"He is ignored and sidelined at Westminster and he is too scared to appear at Holyrood. Time and again he has let the people of Scotland down – and time and again he has proved beyond any doubt that the Tories think they can do anything to Scotland and get away with it.
"David Mundell is supposed to be Scotland’s man in London but whenever the UK Government takes a major decision he’s not even invited to the table. Whenever the UK Government makes a decision that goes against Scotland’s interests, he goes into hiding rather than standing up for Scotland. He may be in office – but he is powerless to protect Scotland from this incredibly damaging Brexit.
"He is letting us all down by failing to lift a finger to protect our national interests. He must go.’’

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