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