Tory "time bandits" warned over daylight robbery

As the clocks move back an hour this weekend, SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan Iar Angus MacNeil has rejected Tory suggestions that the UK should shift to Central European Time, arguing that the move would adversely
affect everyone living north of Manchester.

Commenting, Mr MacNeil said:

“It is no secret that Tories in the south want to leave Scotland in darkness, but fixing the clocks to British summertime would mean that dawn wouldn't break in Scotland until nearly 9am. That would have massive implications for the safety and wellbeing of everyone living north of Manchester.

“The evidence put forward supporting this change is dubious at best and the proponents of this chang have ignored the sound reasons why this was abandoned after being trialled in the 1970s, and more recently by other European neighbours who found that the shift had a damaging effect on safety, health, energy consumption and commerce.

“There are alternatives which would balance the interests of all who share these Islands – including setting Daylight Savings Time closer to midwinter.

“It would be unacceptable if any move on this was made by Westminster without consultation with the devolved administrations.”