SCOTTISH TORY FAILURE COSTS MOTHERWELL & WISHAW £50MN SAYS MP

30th June 2017

Marion Fellows, MP for Motherwell and Wishaw, has this week claimed that the failure of the Scottish Tories to secure additional funding for Scotland after a £1bn deal with the DUP has meant Motherwell and Wishaw could miss out on £50mn worth of funding.

After calling a snap election and losing their majority, in order to cling onto power the Tories made a £1bn deal with the DUP.

Under the Barnett Formula which determines how much money Scotland receives based on what is spent in England, this would have awarded Scotland an additional £2.9bn of funding – a potential £50mn for Motherwell and Wishaw.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“The Scottish Tories have demonstrated their true colours as London mouthpieces. Their interests are not the people of Scotland, but power. They are even prepared to make a deal with the DUP to get it.

“Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, claimed before the deal was made that any additional funding would not “subvert the Barnett rules”. At PMQs, the Prime Minister refused to confirm if Mr Mundell made any attempts to secure additional funding for Scotland. Instead of being Scotland’s man in Westminster, he is Westminster’s man in Scotland. He has either lied or is incompetent. He must resign.

“As a result, the local area could miss out on £50mn of funding and Scotland £2.9bn – coincidentally how much the Tories will cut Scotland’s budget by by 2020. This could be spent on improving our services and investing in jobs.

“While Ruth Davidson’s Tory MPs roll over like lapdogs, the SNP has demanded that we in Scotland get our fair share of funding. It is democratically unacceptable for grubby deals like this to be made when we in Scotland are suffering under austerity and so many nationally and locally are in poverty.”

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