We’ll keep fighting a Tory regime hell-bent on harm
We recently marked the milestone of 100 days since the general election.
In that short space of time we’ve seen the Tories bulldoze through sound policy faster than they can sell off social housing.
So far they’ve managed to scrap child poverty targets, slash Working Tax Credits, cut support for renewables, target Trade Unions to deny workers’ rights, trash Freedom of Information, and ignore the overwhelming mandate that the SNP hold in Scotland. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Although the SNP haven’t alone been able to halt the Tories at every turn, we have managed to pressure the Tories into a few U-turns.
David Cameron’s Government has already shelved plans to run a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union on the same day as next year’s Holyrood elections. They have kicked their abhorrent proposals to abolish the Human Rights Act well into the long grass.
Plans to repeal fox-hunting legislation in England and Wales were sensationally scrapped after some deft manoeuvring from the SNP benches.
Ridiculous proposals to stop MPs from Scotland voting on issues which help set the Scottish Government’s budget fell apart, when faced down by our 56-strong contingent on the opposition benches.
While all this has been happening, Labour has been busy looking at itself in a mirror, arguing over what it sees.
As their leadership contest drags on I hope that whoever wins, the second largest party get their act together when Parliament reconvenes after recess.
The Tories have a wafer-thin majority, and abstaining on critical issues is not an option. With the poorest, the most vulnerable, and hard-working families firmly in Tory sights, it is time for the opposition parties to work together constructively.
The Tories can be successfully challenged. It is incumbent upon all those in opposition to hold their policies under a microscope.
Sometimes it doesn’t even warrant such close scrutiny. Take sanctions for instance. Official figures released by the UK Government have shown that almost half of all sanctions imposed on ESA and JSA claimants have been overturned when reviewed.
This staggering figure is fairly reflective of the cavalier attitude that the Tories take to welfare. Ill-thought and poorly implemented, sanctions are causing misery for hundreds of thousands.
I’ve had too many constituents contact me already seeking help and advice about sanctions, and this simply cannot continue.
The regime is a direct attack by the Tories on society’s most vulnerable, and it must be opposed.
The SNP’s record isn’t going unnoticed by the public, and we’ve celebrated some fantastic by-election wins recently.
The Wishaw by-election last Thursday saw Rosa Zambonnini take the seat with over 50 per cent of the vote, and in Denny and Banknock Paul Garner celebrated an astonishing win, taking nearly 70 per cent of the vote.
As a party we’re taking nothing for granted.
We’ll keep on delivering for people, and fighting a Tory regime hell-bent on harm.
Impact Margaret Ferrier reckons the 56 SNP MP’s have made their mark at Westminster