MP slams Queen’s Speech for be­ing‘out of touch’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Mar­garet Ferrier MP has blasted last week’s Queen’s Speech as “com­pletely out of touch with the harsh re­al­ity of aus­ter­ity Bri­tain.”

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West’s first ever SNP mem­ber said she would speak for a pro­gres­sive plat­form across the whole of the UK, and warned the Tory gov­ern­ment against im­ple­ment­ing English votes for English laws with­out proper scru­tiny.

The Queen’s Speech in­cluded mea­sures that would freeze work­ing age benefits, tax cred­its and child ben­e­fit for two years from 2016/17 and re­duce the to­tal amount one house­hold can claim in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000.

It also in­cluded a five year freeze on VAT, in­come tax and na­tional in­sur­ance rises as well as more de­vo­lu­tion for Scot­land.

But Ms Ferrier, who has been named the SNP’s spokesper­son for the Scot­land Of­fice, said David Cameron has failed to ac­knowl­edge the changed po­lit­i­cal land­scape, adding: “Peo­ple across Scot­land de­ci­sively chose to op­pose aus­ter­ity at the bal­lot box.

“The pro­posed re­forms to wel­fare are against the will of the Scot­tish peo­ple.

“Th­ese re­forms will not only hit the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety, but put fur­ther pres­sure on our al­ready stretched public ser­vices.

“We hold an un­de­ni­able man­date to op­pose and chal­lenge the Tories at ev­ery turn on the cuts agenda. We will work with oth­ers across par­lia­ment to seek to pre­vent deeper cuts.

“Whilst the Tories con­tinue their as­sault on the poor, those at the top seem to have got­ten off Scot-free.

“The heav­ily pro­moted prom­ises of tough mea­sures to tackle tax-dodgers seem empty. De­spite a man­i­festo pledge to raise at least £5bn from tack­ling tax eva­sion and avoid­ance, David Cameron has failed to fol­low through.

“The new Scot­land Bill must de­liver the Smith Com­mis­sion in full as a min­i­mum.

“As SNP Spokesper­son on the Scot­land Of­fice I will be por­ing over the fine de­tail of the bill and re­spond­ing in due course.

“The Tories are propos­ing to im­ple­ment English votes for English laws (EVEL) in a wholly un­demo­cratic mat­ter.

“There must be full leg­is­la­tion drawn up which can be scru­ti­nised, de­bated and voted upon.

“We will chal­lenge the Tories on their out­ra­geous plans to dis­en­fran­chise Scot­tish MPs by merely chang­ing stand­ing or­ders. If suc­cess­ful in their at­tempts, they would be set­ting a danger­ous prece­dent for this and fu­ture gov­ern­ments.”

Ms Ferrier also said she would be cam­paign­ing to stay in the EU in the lead up to the pro­posed in/out ref­er­en­dum.

She added: “Over the course of last year’s in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, we were of­ten told that the United King­dom is a fam­ily of na­tions. In my view, the largest mem­ber of that fam­ily shouldn’t make the de­ci­sions for the rest.

“That is why we will seek a dou­ble-lock. We should leave the EU only if all four na­tions of the UK agree.

“We will also seek to widen the fran­chise of the ref­er­en­dum.”

Out of touch with the peo­ple Mar­garet Ferrier MP has slammed last week’s Queen’s Speech in Par­lia­ment

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