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The SNP has welcomed the news that the Post Office has agreed to pay hundreds of former staff £58m in settlement fees over a faulty accounting system which led to fines, sackings, prosecutions, bankruptcies and jail sentences over the last decade.
The SNP led the call for the UK government to step in and address the legal strategy, which saw over £18m of public funding pay the legal fees to defend the case.
This settlement was announced on 12 December – the day of the election – which the SNP MP Marion Fellows claims was an attempt by the UK government to “bury the story.”
Mrs Fellows warned that the cost of this settlement must not threaten the integrity of the post office network – which has been at risk owing to shockingly low pay levels. This year thousands of post offices have faced closure over cuts from the UK Government.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
“I am glad that the UK Government heeded the SNP’s calls to review its legal strategy and reach a £58m settlement to compensate sub-postmasters for the hell they’ve been put through – they deserve justice.
“As the special shareholder of Post Office Ltd, the UK Government should have stepped in sooner. Workers have been hounded for over ten years due to a fault in Post Office Ltd’s own accounting system.
“It is disgraceful that they tried to bury this news on election day. This is yet another example of how the UK Government is failing our valued public services and the people who work in them.
“While sub-postmaster pay stagnates and thousands of branches have closed or will, tens of millions has been wasted in legal fees. Funds should have been used to re-open Crown branches, improve pay, and keep branches open so they can continue to serve communities.”
The Tories’ disdain for democracy knows no bounds as Boris Johnson moves to stuff unelected and rejected Tory members into the House of Lords and the UK Cabinet.
With no democratic legitimacy or public accountability, peers should not be able to oversee entire government departments and determine peoples’ futures. The House of Lords must be abolished.
Johnson is creating a private club of unelected Lords and Ladies who will dictate Scotland’s future rather than enable us to decide it for ourselves. The Westminster system is broken, and we must escape it.
The SNP has been elected on a clear mandate for an independence referendum. The people of Scotland want to decide their own future – not have Boris Johnson decide it for us.
The SNP gained a better mandate from the Scottish electorate for an independence referendum than the Tories gained across the UK to form a government. Scotland’s will must be respected.
Thank you to the amazing people of Motherwell & Wishaw for re-electing me as your MP for a third time.
I want to thank the amazing team behind me for helping win the seat for the SNP. They have walked the soles off their shoes.
Thanks also to all the other candidates in what has been a fair and respectful campaign.
The people of Motherwell & Wishaw and the people of Scotland have sent a strong message to Boris Johnson: we demand a second independence referendum. No ifs. No buts. Scotland will have its say.
We will not allow our economy, services and very way of life be attacked again for another five years by a Tory government we did not vote for.
Scotland and the rest of the UK are following two separate paths. To secure the future we want for our children and grandchildren, we must be an independent country.
MARION FELLOWS VOWS TO FIGHT SCOTLAND’S CORNER AND SECURE EXTRA FOUR BILLION POUNDS FOR THE NHS
Marion Fellows, the Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw who is seeking re-election to the House of Commons, has called on local voters put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands at the ballot box on the 12th December.
Mrs Fellows has welcomed a four billion pound commitment to the NHS in Scotland, which was set out in the SNP’s election manifesto, and has vowed to lock the Tories out of power by voting down any proposal from them to form a government.
Other key manifesto pledges include securing a Scottish Parliament veto on trade deals to prevent privatisation of the health service, stopping Brexit, giving new parents an additional twelve weeks of parental leave, securing justice for WASPI women, and an end to nuclear weapons on the Clyde.
Speaking before the final few days of local campaigning, Mrs Fellows said:
“On 12 December, the only way to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands is to vote SNP. I will not allow Scotland’s future to be decided for us by Johnson’s Tories or Corbyn’s Labour.
“Westminster is broken, and none of the UK parties are putting Scotland’s interests first. Voters here know that unlike my opponents, I’ll always be on their side. For 36 of the last 60 years, Scotland has suffered under Tory Governments we did not vote for. In the past Labour has failed to protect our local interests, that’s why more and more people believe that we should have a new opportunity to determine our own future and are putting their trust in the SNP.
“Unlike Labour, I will not allow Brexit to put jobs on the line. And unlike the Tories, I will not allow our NHS to be trodden down by austerity and opened up to privatisation or Donald Trump. Our public services must remain in public hands.
“A vote for the SNP is a vote to lock the Tories out of power; to end austerity and invest in jobs and services; and to allow Scotland to determine our own future free from the chaos of Westminster.”
The SNP will lock the Tories out raise incomes across Scotland says the SNP candidate for Motherwell and Wishaw, Marion Fellows, who is seeking re-election on the 12th of December.
Mrs Fellows says SNP MPs will use their votes to lock the Tories out of government and will never form a deal with them – bringing an end to austerity.
SNP MPs will vote for a minimum wage equal to the Living Wage of £9.30 an hour and end austerity to invest in well paid, high skilled jobs.
SNP MPs will halt roll-out of Universal Credit and the five week waiting time for payments will be ended.
Incomes will be raised for families and the disabled with the scrapping of the draconian two-child cap and ‘rape clause’ on tax credits and an end to “rigged” disability assessment.
SNP MPs will seek dignity for the elderly opposing an increase to the age of retirement, a reversal of cuts to Pension credits, and justice for the WASPI women denied their pension rights.
The SNP Scottish Government has already delivered its Carer’s Allowance Supplement giving £452.40 to carers per year. Its new Scottish Child Payment will lift 30,000 Scottish children out of poverty by 2023.
Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:
“Tory austerity has attacked peoples’ incomes in Motherwell, Wishaw, Bellshill – and across Scotland forcing families in and out of work to foodbanks. The SNP will lock the Tories out of power, bringing an end to austerity so we can invest in creating well paid jobs, and raise incomes and employment.
“With our new social security system, the SNP hasn’t just been promising change – we’re delivering it. But we can do so much more.
“We will ensure work pays with a new Living Wage of £9.30. For the most vulnerable – especially children, the disabled and the elderly – we will ensure they get the support they need by ending the disgraceful and punishing policies of the Tory welfare regime.
“We must futureproof our economy and incomes by ensuring Scotland remains in the EU single market. Thousands of jobs are on the line. We cannot allow Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn to drag us from the EU against our will.”
Here are details of my campaign schedule for the next week.
I’m enjoying speaking to people in the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency about the issues that matter to them.
It’s vital that Scotland’s future is in Scotland’s hands – join me and our campaign team to ensure our voice is heard.
As the previous MP, I’ve made the community a priority in my work. I’m looking forward to outlining my strong record and setting out the SNP’s vision for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency and Scotland.
We will lock the Tories out, end austerity, and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.
📅 Wednesday, 27 November
📍 GLO Centre, Motherwell
It was great to speak with local veterans at today’s opening of the Veterans’ Hub, Craigneuk by Veterans’ Minister Graeme Dey MSP and Lord Lieutenant Lady Haughey.
This hub will go a long way to supporting local veterans. By ending austerity, we can deliver even more: homes, doctors, and jobs.