Mundell Must Keep His Promise on Scotland’s Funding

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Sunday June 18 2017

David Mundell “will be held to account" over his promise to refuse to support additional funding for Northern Ireland outwith the Barnett formula in the event of a Tory deal with the DUP, the SNP has said today.

Kirsty Blackman, the SNP's Deputy Westminster Leader, warned that the promise will be the first test for Scottish Tory MPs on whether they will stand up for Scotland's interests or sell out Scotland at the behest of a weakened Tory Prime Minister hell bent on self-preservation at all costs.

When asked during an interview on Sunday Politics Scotland about any deal between the weakened Tory party and the DUP that would see an increase in funding for Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State for Scotland said he would not "support funding which is deliberately sought to subvert the Barnett rules.

We have clear rules about funding of different parts of the UK, those rules will need to apply. And if the funding falls within Barnett consequentials then it should come to Scotland."

Kirsty Blackman, the SNP's Deputy Leader at Westminster, said:

"David Mundell has made it crystal clear that he will not support a deal between a weakened Tory government and the DUP which would see money going to Northern Ireland while Scotland loses out.

“He will be held to account on his promise - not just by the SNP but by the people of Scotland.

"Theresa May cannot expect to get away with back door deals with the DUP which deprive Scotland of the funding we are entitled to just to prop up her failing government.

"Any deal that would jeopardise the Barnett formula and funding for different parts of the UK will not be accepted and SNP MPs will hold David Mundell to his promise to oppose any such deal.

"This is the Scottish Tories first test in Westminster and they can choose to either protect Scotland's funding and interests, or sell out Scotland to simply keep their seat on government benches.

"SNP MPs will continue to hold Theresa May's weak and wobbly government to account, and any deal with the DUP must be fully transparent and open.

“Any extra funding for Northern Ireland must result in Scotland receiving its entitled share through the Barnett formula."

 

 

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