Nationalists accuse MSP of a ‘lack of respect’
The SNP pounced on the incident in the chamber, accusing James Kelly of a lack of respect.
Rutherglen SNP quickly tweeted a picture of candidate Clare Haughey with the message: “See if @ JamesKLabMSP doesn’t want to take his seat, we know someone who’ll happily take it next year.”
And Glasgow MSP, Bob Doris, said: “I absolutely agree with James Kelly that the UK Trade Union Bill is a fundamental attack on workers rights. However having spoken to several constituents the general consensus following Mr Kelly’s outburst seems to be that he indulged in juvenile grandstanding at the expense of tackling the real issue.
“The real target should have been the UK Government, not Scotland’s presiding officer. Mr Kelly could have highlighted the fact that our Scottish Parliament does not have the power to block UK trade union legislation as industrial relations legislation is a reserved power at Westminster.
“However that would be inconvenient to say the least for James Kelly as Labour do not support transferring that power to Scotland.
“That puts Labour at odds with the STUC who believe employment and Trade Union laws should be devolved.
“The hypocrisy of the Labour position which indulges in gesture politics yet does not support giving Scotland the power to protect workers will not be lost .”