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SNP bud­get de­mands are “man­u­fac­tur­ing griev­ance”, to a north-east MSP.

Shadow Sec­re­tary for Ru­ral Af­fairs, Peter Chap­man, claimed Drew Hendry’s call to pro­tect £500mil­lion in an­nual EU farm pay­ments had al­ready been guar­an­teed un­til 2022.

Mr Chap­man in­sisted both govern­ments merely ac­cord­ing must work to­gether to de­vise a new sys­tem for ru­ral pay­ments af­ter that. He said: “We now have the chance to cre­ate a sys­tem that works for us.

“What we need to hear from the SNP is a plan for how they will use the £500mil­lion in ru­ral fund­ing.

“In­stead of look­ing to of­fer so­lu­tions or work con­struc­tively, we get more man­u­fac­tured griev­ance from the SNP against West­min­ster.”

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