Saturday, 10 March 2018 07:34

SNP GATHER PETITIONS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND TO SAVE LOCAL BANKS

SNP MPs, MSPs, and councillors will today campaign in towns across the length and breadth of Scotland to prevent the closure of under-threat RBS bank branches.

The SNP politicians and community campaigners will collect petition signatures demanding the UK government finally intervene to prevent 62 local RBS banks from closing.

Last month RBS announced a reprieve for ten of the most remote branches, after direct talks with SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford. The SNP welcomed the move but warned it did not go far enough, and continued the campaign to save the remaining branches.

The SNP have raised the issue repeatedly at Prime Ministers Questions and in parliamentary debates. Yet, despite being a majority shareholder in RBS, the Tory government has refused to intervene or do anything to prevent the closures.

Commenting Ian Blackford MP said:

“Today the SNP are campaigning in towns across Scotland to prevent these vital local banks from closing.

“The Tory government has the power and responsibility to act but instead they have refused to do anything. They are failing our communities and letting Scotland down.

“SNP pressure has led to a reprieve for ten of the most remote branches – but our fight to save the remaining banks continues. The pressure is now on the Tory government to take the long-overdue action needed to halt these damaging and flawed plans.

“The SNP will continue to stand up for local people and businesses who will lose out if the Tory government continues to dismiss their concerns, and let RBS off the hook.

“RBS must go back to the drawing board, ditch these mass closure plans, and maintain their social responsibility to the communities that spent billions bailing them out.”

For broadcast media interviews with Ian Blackford, and other SNP MPs campaigning, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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3 March - SNP accuse RBS of using misleading figures to justify branch closures: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/snp-accuse-rbs-of-using-misleading-figures-to-justify-branch-closures-1-4700136

18 February - SNP plans national day of action to stop RBS bank branch closures: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/16030470.SNP_plans_national_day_of_action_to_stop_RBS_bank_branch_closures/

10 February - Scots Tory MPs urged to 'start acting' over RBS closures:   https://stv.tv/news/politics/1408060-scots-tory-mps-urged-to-start-acting-over-rbs-closures/

7 February - Theresa May accused by SNP of "not lifting a finger" to save threatened RBS branches: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/15950773.May_accused_by_SNP_of__quot_not_lifting_a_finger_quot__to_save_threatened_RBS_branches/

6 February - RBS announces reprieve for 10 closure-threatened Scottishbranches: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/rbs-announces-reprieve-for-10-closurethreatened-scottish-branches-36574284.html

5 February - Several closure-threatened RBS branches could be about to be thrown a lifeline - https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1407270/rbs-branches-to-be-saved/

4 February - Ian Blackford 'bypassed' PM in RBS branch closure talks:https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1407629-ian-blackford-bypassed-pm-in-rbs-branch-closure-talks/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

4 February - SNP's Ian Blackford in 'positive' RBS branch closure talks:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-42931240

24 January - RBS discriminating against disabled by closing branches, SNP claim:https://www.scotsman.com/news/rbs-discriminating-against-disabled-by-closing-branches-snp-claim-1-4671088

22 January - RBS chief Ross McEwan says bank closure plan "painful" for customers:http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/15887175.RBS_says_bank_closure_plan__painful__for_customers_but_indicates_no_U_turn/

10 January - MP to hold surgery on Mallaig RBS closure: https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2018/01/10/mp-to-hold-surgery-on-mallaig-rbs-closure/

20 December - SNP’s Ian Blackford demands Theresa May show ‘leadership’ on RBSclosures: https://www.scotsman.com/news/snp-s-ian-blackford-demands-theresa-may-show-leadership-on-rbs-closures-1-4644066

19 December - SNP’s Ian Blackford calls for meeting over RBSclosures:https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/snp-s-ian-blackford-calls-for-meeting-over-rbs-closures-1-4643492

17 December - Theresa May urged to stop RBS shutting 62 branches:https://stv.tv/news/politics/1404624-theresa-may-urged-to-stop-rbs-shutting-62-branches/

13 December - SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford attacks Theresa May over RBSbranch closures: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/snp-westminster-leader-ian-blackford-attacks-theresa-may-over-rbs-branch-closures-r6szj0jvb

1 December - Highland politicians slam RBS closures: https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2017/12/01/highland-politicians-slam-rbs-closures/

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