SNP Will Give Na h-Eileanan an Iar Strong Voice it Needs at Westminster
The SNP will give Scotland and Na h-Eileanan an Iar the voice it needs at
Westminster says Angus B MacNeil.
As the SNP launches its manifesto today (Tuesday), SNP Leader Nicola
Sturgeon has outlined that SNP MPs will focus on tackling inequality and
pursue a plan to end Tory cuts and protect Scottish jobs against the
prospect of a hard Brexit.
Mr MacNeil said:
“While we are currently going through a difficult time in the islands, post
Manchester, there is still an election ongoing. On June 9th we may wake up
to the reality of a further five years of increasingly hard line Tory
Government at Westminster and it is more vital than ever that Scotland’s
voice is heard.
“For the election the SNP has set out an anti-austerity plan which will
support investment in public service, people and household incomes.
“The SNP have a proven track record as the real effective opposition at
Westminster and have pulled up the Tory Government on a diverse range of
issues including tax credit cuts, cuts to women’s pensions, the appalling
rape clause and ongoing austerity measures which hit the poorest and most
vulnerable in society.
“We want to see a fairer more progressive society and one where Scotland
has a voice and a right to choose its own future.
“Thankfully Scotland is already protected against some of the Tory party’s
plans to penalise the elderly. Take the Winter Fuel Payment for example,
over 6,000 pensioners in Na h-Eileanan an Iar received this payment in
2015-16 – they will continue to do so in Scotland because this is being
devolved to the Scottish Government. Pensioners in England and Wales will
be subject to means testing and thousands will lose out.
It is important at this vital time to have strong SNP voices standing up
for Scotland and preventing the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at
Speaking ahead of the SNP’s manifesto launch in Perth, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“Now, more than ever, we need strong SNP voices at Westminster standing up
for Scotland against an emboldened Tory government.
“While the polls have narrowed, the Tories are still on course to win the
“Labour proved beyond any doubt that they were unable to provide the
opposition needed to keep the Tories in check in the last parliament.
“Only the SNP can provide the strong opposition that Scotland needs to
protect our schools, hospitals and vital public services from deeper Tory
cuts and further damaging austerity.
“And if the SNP win this election in Scotland, it will strengthen the
country’s hand when it comes to opposing cuts, defending our place in
Europe and on choosing our future as a nation.”
The First Minister added:
“Central to our manifesto are three core pledges which underpin why it is
so important for people across Scotland to get out and vote for the SNP
“SNP MPs will always be a strong voice for Scotland, standing against Tory
cuts. We will set out a clear plan to end mindless Tory austerity across
the UK and to invest in public services.
“While the Tories are set to plunge Britain into Brexit without a clear
plan, a vote for the SNP will give us a strong hand in the Brexit
negotiations to ensure Scotland’s interests – on jobs and our economy —
will be heard at the top table. Regardless of whether you voted leave or
remain, a vote for the SNP at this election is a vote to ensure Scotland’s
interests are protected throughout that process.
“And the SNP will always make the case that Scotland should have the right
to make our own decisions on Scotland’s future — and stand against any Tory
attempts to diminish the powers of our Scottish Parliament or reverse the
gains of devolution.
“Today’s manifesto launch will set out the real alternative to Tory cuts
and Brexit chaos. That is the positive case we will take to voters next