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evenings news comment ;
If she isn't willing to resign her seat and stand in a by-election the SNP should refuse to allow her into the party.
A charlatan of the highest order
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Monday, July 18, 2011
Speaking ahead of the announcement on the future of Scotland’s air bases, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ann McKechin MP said:
"The resilience, spirit and energy shown by both campaigns at Leuchars and Lossiemouth over the last nine long months has been remarkable.
"From start to finish the defence review has been conducted at reckless speed with George Osborne in the driving seat, fuelled by his desire to cut faster and deeper than is safe.
"After decades of loyal service to the RAF, the local communities of Leuchars and Lossiemouth are hugely dependent on the bases and I fear the consequences will be catastrophic if either of the bases is allowed to close.
"There has been much speculation about what would happen if the bases were to close, but these plans appear to be years not months away from implementation.
"If any Scottish base is to close then we must have a clear undertaking from the UK government that these communities will be treated fairly and an immediate action plan is put in place to support people locally.
"After years of loyal service to this county it would be a gross betrayal for the Tory-led government to now abandon these proud RAF communities."
Scottish Labour has said it is time for "100 per cent public disclosure" of all files relating to the SNP’s plans to introduce a local income tax which are yet to be made public.
The SNP have repeatedly claimed, as recently as Thursday, all information relating to the impact of the policy was already in the public domain. That is not the case.
Labour also published a list of 10 questions the SNP must answer on their sudden decision to drop their publicly funded court action to block the release of this information.
Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, Michael McMahon MSP, said:
"The fact is it is still the SNP’s long-term goal to introduce a local income tax that will hammer hard-pressed families to the tune of £500 per year.
"The SNP claim that all ‘information is already in the public domain’ is utter nonsense. It isn’t. We need 100 per cent public disclosure of these secret SNP files so everybody knows exactly how much more Alex Salmond wants to tax every Scottish family already feeling the squeeze.
"We need to know exactly how much this cover-up campaign has cost hard-pressed taxpayers.
"If the SNP have nothing to hide then they should have problem immediately publishing all documents on the Scottish government website for all to see.
"Alex Salmond should not only apologise to for misleading the Scottish public about his plans to hike up tax bills but he should make sure the SNP pay back every penny of public money spent on this party political cynical cover-up campaign."