Saturday, 29 April, 2017

Kirkcaldy MP - a 'very different' General Election lies ahead

Article_Quotes-02_.jpg Scotland's richest have seen income nearly double in five years, say Labour
Howard Terry | 19 April, 2017, 01:44

"The Conservatives had their worst performance ever in Scotland at the last 2015 election, so they might expect to improve on that given their partial recovery in the Scottish Parliament", said Nicola McEwen, professor of politics at the University of Edinburgh.

Scotland's first minister said she already has a "cast-iron mandate" to hold another vote on the issue - but said that the June 8 election could help with "reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future".

Because it is outside the standard five-year cycle of general elections laid down in the 2011 Fixed-term Parliament's Act, Theresa May must get the backing of the two-thirds of Parliament in a vote to be able to call an election.

"Rather than focusing on a divisive second independence referendum the SNP should use the powers of the Scottish parliament to tax the richest so we can stop the cuts and invest instead".

As well as hanging on to Mr Mundell's Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, the Tories are hopeful of adding the Dumfries and Galloway seat and Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk to create a Conservative stronghold along the south of Scotland.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has written to the UK Government to say the Scottish Government will not pass on Whitehall guidance on carrying out the policy to NHS Scotland.

"And polls suggest Theresa May and the Conservative government are very unpopular in Scotland".

It is only weeks since May responded to Nicola Sturgeon's proposal for a second independence referendum by saying that "now is not the time" and that the Scottish first minister should get on with the day job.

The independent think tank published its latest policy paper as Scotland's First Minister and the UK Prime Minister are engaged in a stand-off over the prospect of another referendum.

"But we have always been clear this will be delivered in the most effective, compassionate way, with the right exceptions and safeguards in place". She is arguing that she needs as strong a mandate as possible in European Union negotiations and that only a vote for the Conservatives can protect United Kingdom interests. And then, last week, she came out in open support of the rape clause. We stand with the majority opinion in this country.

"We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united".

"Moody's will assess the implications of the proposed election, should it occur, for those drivers as events unfold, including whether the election or its aftermath are likely to prove a distraction from the Brexit negotiations, given the limited time frame available".

But the Prime Minister dismissed claims she was acting in her own interest, insisting her pursuit of a clear mandate from the British public would boost Britain's chances of a successful exit from the EU.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said: "The Scottish Conservatives are ready for a campaign, we are organised, and we are optimistic about the prospect of increasing our number of seats".

At present the Tories, like Labour and the Liberal Democrats, have just one MP north of the border.

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