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MSP SLAMS MP AS “NOT INTERESTED” OVER NO SHOW AT SCOTTISH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
SNP MSP Clare Haughey has criticised Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Ged Killen for failing to attend a committee meeting as part of an inquiry into the UK’s post-Brexit immigration policy claiming that he is “not interested in standing up for Scotland and is failing to fight Brexit”.
The SNP was the only party in attendance at last week’s meeting of the Scottish Affairs Committee – despite the group comprising of 4 Scottish Tory MPs, 3 Scottish Labour MPs, and 1 Scottish Liberal Democrat. The Committee met in Kirkcaldy to explore how post-Brexit immigration policy should address the needs of current migrants, the agricultural sector, and different communities throughout Scotland.
Clare Haughey MSP has argued that this is the second occasion whereby Mr Killen has failed to stand up for the people of Rutherglen on Brexit, after previously missing vital votes in the House of Commons last year. As we reported in our September 13th edition, MPs had that week voted on the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which minimally passed, however the Labour MP was absent due to a “long-standing family commitment” overseas.
Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:
“This was an important meeting and the failure of MPs from the Scottish Tories, Labour and Lib Dems to even show up speaks volumes about their priorities. I appreciate politicians have diary constraints, but Brexit is the biggest issue facing Scotland.
“The spirit of the Scottish Affairs Committee is to work in partnership for the benefit of the people of Scotland, yet it is only the SNP who could bothered to turn up to this crucial meeting.
“It seems to be a re-occurring theme for Ged Killen and – like his party – he is clearly not interested in standing up for Scotland and is failing to fight Brexit. Mr Killen’s repeated absences give the impression that he is happy for the Tories to drag us off a hard Brexit cliff edge.
“Labour’s position on Brexit is shameful at best and non-existent at worst. Refusing to remain in both the customs union and single market would be catastrophic for our economy – potentially costing 80,000 jobs in Scotland.
“My SNP colleagues were there standing up for Scotland; Mr Killen was just standing Scotland up.”
Further information can be read here: http://www.thenational.scot/news/16036010.Only_SNP_MPs_turn_up_to_Scottish_Affairs_Committee_meeting_in_Kirkcaldy/
Below is a print-out of a Rutherglen Reformer article in September 2017.
Date published: 26th February 2018