Mhairi Black MP (pictured) has challenged the six Scottish Tory MPs to finally stand up for people in Scotland and vote against planned cuts to Universal Credit – if it is pushed to a vote today in the House of Commons.
It has been reported that the Labour party will use their Opposition Day Debate to push for a vote on the UK government’s planned £20 a week cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits.
The move will leave six million people in the UK – 400,000 in Scotland – over £1000 a year worse off at a time when furlough comes to an end, energy prices rise, and just months before a Tory tax rise is imposed.
It will also undermine the benefits of the Scottish Child Payment.
A YouGov poll revealed two-thirds of people in Scotland are opposed to the Tory government’s plans to slash the benefits.
The SNP’s Shadow Scotland Secretary said that the “spineless six” had failed Scotland time and again by voting for Brexit, toxic migration policies, international aid cuts for the world’s poorest, and the power-grabbing Internal Market Bill.
They also voted for the public sector pay freeze and against providing free school meals.
Commenting, Mhairi Black MP, said:
“The six spineless Scottish Tory MPs have let down Scotland time and again over key issues, and their silence on this vital matter speaks volumes.
“Given two thirds of Scots are against the cuts, if there is a vote on the issue today, it is their duty to vote against the move that will slash Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit by £20 a week and cancel out the benefits of the Scottish Child Payment.
“The opposition day debate presents an opportunity for Douglas Ross and the rest of the Scottish Tories at Westminster to stand up for their constituents, reject these cuts and prove they are more than just Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders – I am urging them to take it.
“But my hopes are not high.
“We have seen time and again that we cannot trust the Tories to protect the people of Scotland or our recovery from COVID – and that is why it is vital that Scotland has a choice over our future in a referendum for recovery.”