Monday, 10 September 2018 15:41

SNP MP CONDEMNS PLANS TO SILENCE SCOTLAND AT WESTMINSTER

The Scottish National Party have called on the UK Government to scrap plans that would see Scotland’s number of MPs reduced by 10 per cent.

The plans, published by the Boundary Commission for Scotland today, would see Scotland’s number of MPs reduce by six, from 59 to 53.

Tommy Sheppard MP, the SNP's spokesperson on the House of Lords, Scotland and Cabinet Offices, has condemned the plans, saying that they diminish Scotland’s ability to hold the UK Government to account. 
 
Commenting, Tommy Sheppard MP said:

"Instead of reducing the number of democratically elected MPs, there should be a reduction of the 791 unelected peers in the bloated House of Lords.  
 
"These proposed plans would see Scotland’s representation at Westminster slashed by over 10 per cent, with Scottish MP voices further diminished in a Parliament that looks increasing like it’s set up to work against those protecting Scotland’s interests.

"For the mainland Highlands - which has a geographic area one and a half times the size of Wales - to be cut down to just two constituencies, as this report recommends, is ludicrous. 

“There is no appetite for these changes at present, and I am confident that these proposals won’t see the light of day.
 
“At a time when it is more important than ever to hold this hapless Tory Government to account, Theresa May wants to cut the number of Scottish MPs at Westminster. It is completely unacceptable that the Tories consider boundary changes a priority when they have their own chaotic Brexit to deal with.

"If the UK government wants to reduce the cost of politics, the priority must be to abolish the unelected, undemocratic House of Lords, which has zero accountability to voters."

Boundary Commission for Scotland Report - http://www.bcomm-scotland.independent.gov.uk/2018_Westminster/final_recs/BCS_2018_Review_Report.pdf

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