The SNP will give Scotland and the Western Isles the voice it needs at Westminster
says the party’s local island candidate, Angus B MacNeil.
He said it is “important at this vital time to have strong SNP voices standing up
for Scotland and preventing the dangers of an unopposed Tory government at Westminster.”
Mr MacNeil endorsed his party's "alternative to austerity" manifesto launched today.
He said:“While we are currently going through a difficult time in the islands, post
Manchester, there is still an election ongoing.
“On June 9th we may wake up to the reality of a further five years of increasingly
hard line Tory Government at Westminster and it is more vital than ever that Scotland’s
voice is heard.
“For the election the SNP has set out an anti-austerity plan which will support investment
in public service, people and household incomes.
“The SNP have a proven track record as the real effective opposition at Westminster
and have pulled up the Tory government on a diverse range of issues including tax
credit cuts, cuts to women’s pensions, the appalling rape clause and ongoing austerity
measures which hit the poorest and most vulnerable in society.
“We want to see a fairer more progressive society and one where Scotland has a voice
and a right to choose its own future.
“Thankfully Scotland is already protected against some of the Tory party’s plans
to penalise the elderly. Take the Winter Fuel Payment for example, over 6,000 pensioners
in Na h-Eileanan an Iar received this payment in 2015-16. They will continue to do
so in Scotland because this is being devolved to the Scottish Government. Pensioners
in England and Wales will be subject to means testing and thousands will lose out.”