Thursday, 27 April 2017

Sole Tory MP in Scotland on Fishing

Fishing still "expendable" to the Tories

The Tories false promises on the future of fishing in Scotland have been sunk by their only Scottish MP.

The SNP has today highlighted comments from David Mundell who previously warned fishermen and voters that “the idea we would go back to a position where we were entirely in control of our own fishing is not one that is realistic.”

And that “the fishermen are wrong” over Brexit and “there is no way we would go back to Scotland or Britain controlling British waters.”

His comments are backed up by Theresa May’s plans for Brexit, where the Tories say:

“Given the heavy reliance on UK waters of the EU fishing industry and the importance of EU waters to the UK, it is in both our interests to reach a mutually beneficial deal that works for the UK and the EU’s fishing communities.”

Theresa May previously warned that Brexit negotiations wouldn’t make EU fishermen any poorer.

In addition leaked priorities for the Brexit negotiations described fishing as “low priority” for the UK Government.

Commenting, SNP MSP Maree Todd said:

“David Mundell has sunk the Tories efforts to hide the truth from Scotland’s fishing communities.

“The SNP is the only party that will always stand up for Scotland’s fishing industry – unlike the Tories, who infamously and shamefully described our fishing fleets as ‘expendable’.

“And with fishing described as a low priority in the Brexit talks, it is clear the Tories are preparing to sell out the industry again.

“Scotland’s fishing communities will always be a priority for the SNP.

“At this election a vote for the SNP will send a warning to the Tories that they will not get away with selling out Scotland’s fishing communities for a second time.”

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Local SNP Burns Night Success

Cruden Bay, Hatton & Longhaven and Peterhead SNP branches held their 2017 Burns Supper in the Public Hall, Longhaven last Saturday.

The Burns Supper, which attracted around 70 guests, heard speeches from locals and visitors, including an Immortal Memory by Aberdeen South MP Callum McCaig, a Toast to Scotland by Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Richard Thomson, with some recitations from Peterhead Burns enthusiast Kevin Lamb, and the Address to the Haggis being made by East Aberdeenshire MSP Gillian Martin.
Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson, who compered the evening, said:

“Our SNP Branch in Peterhead and the Cruden Bay, Hatton & Longhaven Branch always organise a very high quality Burns Supper with a very good local attendance.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Callum McCaig MP and Cllr Richard Thomson as the guest speakers for the evening. Both Callum and Richard gave highly entertaining speeches which also taught us something about Burns himself, as a good Burns Supper contribution should.

“I’m delighted to see this event go from strength-to-strength, now in its 23rd year.”

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Large Turnout for SNP Burns Supper in Fraserburgh

Over 100 guests attended the annual Scottish National Party Constituency Burns Supper, held this year at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre. Former First Minister Alex Salmond MP was guest of honour and proposed the immortal memory.
Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford chaired the evening’s proceedings, while Stewart Whyte proposed the Toast to the Lassies, which was replied to by Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman. Recitations were provided throughout the evening from Aberdeenshire councillor and Doric enthusiast Cryle Shand and Sandy Noble gave the Address to the Haggis in fine style.

Commenting, local MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford said:

“The turnout was excellent and was a great celebration of the life and work of our national bard, Robert Burns. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the night and especially to our guest speakers from far and near.

“Our thanks must go to the management and staff at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre for their efficiency on the night and of course the excellent meal they provided.”

Friday, 18 November 2016

Tories Must Apologise to Crofters Over "Unbelievably Patronising" Attack

Tory MSP Peter Chapman has been criticised as “unbelievably patronising” for personally attacking three members of the Scottish Land Commission as “not real farmers”.

The Tory rural affairs spokesperson made the bizarre attack on the Commission members, saying that “looking at this list of appointments, there isn’t a single real farmer on here.”

He continued: “You can’t call someone with two sheep and a back garden a farmer.”

Two of the Commission members are crofters, while a third is a partner on a 650 acre farm.

Commenting, SNP MSP Maree Todd said:

“This is an unbelievably patronising attack and the Tories must swiftly apologise for describing crofters as ‘not real farmers’.

“Unlike some Tory MSPs, not all of Scotland’s farmers and crofters have estates large enough to parade as Laird of the Manor – but they deserve better than to be belittled by the opposition.

“Peter Chapman should apologise to Scotland’s crofters – and he should apologise to the Land Commission members themselves for this needlessly personal, unprofessional attack.”
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