Wednesday, 25 July 2018 05:01

SCOTTISH TORY MPs ‘SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR SHAMEFUL VOTING RECORD’

LOBBY FODDER MPs GIVEN A ‘FAIL’ IN END OF TERM SCORE CARD
 
The SNP has said that Scotland’s Tory MPs should apologise for their “shameful” voting record over the last year, and accused them of having “repeatedly broken their vow to stand up for Scotland”.
 

In an end of term score card assessment of key votes, SNP Westminster Deputy Leader, Kirsty Blackman, awarded the Tories a fail for having “completely ignored the wishes and interests of their Scottish constituents” on key issues including Brexit, austerity, and the power grab on devolution.
 
The SNP MP for Aberdeen North, said the thirteen Scottish Tory MPs were “failing to do their job by refusing to stand up for their constituents” and “putting the narrow interests of the Tory party ahead of the jobs, incomes, and livelihoods of the Scottish people”.
 
In the last year, Scottish Tory MPs have:

  • Voted for cuts to Scotland’s budget
  • Voted for a power grab on the Scottish Parliament
  • Backed austerity measures that have driven their own constituents into poverty and crisis
  • Voted against single market and customs union membership – putting Scottish jobs at risk
  • Opposed a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal – despite Scotland voting remain
  • Opposed a halt to the disastrous roll-out of universal credit
  • Opposed justice for Scotland’s WASPI women
  • Broken their promise to secure Barnett consequentials from the £1billion Tory-DUP deal

The SNP said this directly contradicts leader Ruth Davidson’s pledge that Scottish Tory MPs would vote as a bloc to stand up for Scotland – showing she had lost all control of her own MPs.

Commenting, Kirsty Blackman MP said:
 
“As the Parliamentary year draws to a close, a look back at the voting record of Scotland’s Tory MPs shows that they have repeatedly broken their vow to stand up for Scotland.
 
“Instead of fighting Scotland’s corner, they have completely ignored the wishes and interests of their constituents – rubber-stamping every damaging UK government policy regardless of the harm done.
 
“While SNP MPs have consistently defended Scotland’s interests, the Tories have voted for cuts to Scotland’s budget, a power grab on the Scottish Parliament, austerity measures that have driven Scottish families into poverty, and extreme Brexit plans that will destroy Scottish jobs and squeeze living standards.
 
“It’s no wonder that the Scottish Tories are sliding in the polls when they have ignored voters on the biggest issues facing the country, and voted to make their own constituents poorer and worse off. They are completely out of step with the views of people in Scotland.
 
“With a chaotic and incompetent UK government doing huge damage to the country, the Scottish Tory MPs should apologise for breaking their election campaign promises and repeatedly letting them off the hook.  
 
“Meanwhile, the SNP will continue to hold the Tory government to account and act as a strong voice for Scotland at Westminster.”
 
 
Davidson says Scots Tory MPs will argue Scotland's case 'forcefully': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40232374
 
Scottish Tory MP record 2017/18

Voted for cuts to Scotland’s budget – Scottish Tory MPs backed the cuts to Scotland’s budget announced in the UK Budget in November. Between 2010-11 and 2019-10 Scotland’s discretionary block grant will fall by £2.6billion in real terms, including a real terms cut of over £500million in the block grant for day-to-day spending over the next two years alone: https://beta.gov.scot/publications/scottish-budget-draft-budget-2018-19

Voted for a power grab on the Scottish Parliament – Scottish Tory MPs repeatedly voted for the UK government’s power grab on the Scottish Parliament, and opposed amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would have removed the power grab: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/furious-snp-say-brexit-power-12730837https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42719324

Backed austerity measures that have driven their own constituents into poverty and crisis - Scottish Tory MPs backed the continued austerity cuts in the UK Budget in November, including the benefits freeze, the two child cap and the rape clause – pushing more families in Scotland and across the UK into poverty, debt and destitution: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/23/age-of-austerity-isnt-over-yet-says-ifs-budget-analysis

Voted against single market and customs union membership – putting Scottish jobs at risk – Scottish Tory MPs have repeatedly voted against single market and customs union membership putting hundreds of thousands of jobs, and people’s incomes and livelihoods under threat. If Scottish Tory MPs had of voted with the SNP on amendments to the trade bill to keep the UK in the customs union we would have won: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-44872068,https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/29/jeremy-corbyn-sacks-three-frontbenchers-after-single-market-vote

Opposed a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal –  despite Scotland voting remain - Not a single Scottish Tory MP voted for the successful EU Withdrawal Bill amendment to ensure a meaningful parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15773743.No_contact_from_Scots_Tories_over_Brexit_amendment__says_Davis/

Opposed a halt to the disastrous roll-out of universal credit - While thousands of people in Scotland are facing poverty and crisis as a result of Universal Credit cuts, delays and errors, not a single Scottish Tory MP voted for the successful motion to halt the roll-out. One Scottish Tory, Douglas Ross MP, missed the vote entirely to earn almost £2000 in his second job as a referee. https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/tory-mp-douglas-ross-earned-almost-%C2%A32000-refereeing-champions-league-game-during

Opposed justice for Scotland’s WASPI women - Twelve of the thirteen Scottish Tory MPs failed to vote for the successful motion to improve transitional measures for women who have been adversely affected by UK government moves to speed up increases in the state pension age. https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/12074/double-breakthrough-waspi-parliament-backs-snp-motion-and-ombudsman-intervenes

Broken their promise to secure Barnett consequentials from the £1billion DUP deal - When Theresa May gave Northern Ireland £1billion in exchange for DUP support the Scottish Tories broke their promise to speak out and secure Barnett consequentials for Scotland – leaving Scotland short-changed to the tune of £2.9billion. https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/general-election/nicola-sturgeon-and-ruth-davidson-clash-over-1bn-dup-deal-1-4486951https://www.snp.org/tory_dup_deal_what_it_means_for_scotland

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