MPs returned to their constituencies, fighting to save vital bank and post office branches
Communities up and down Scotland, especially those who are elderly and most disadvantaged, will be negatively affected by the continuing closure of banks and post offices.
Earlier this year, following the SNP’s huge pressure and nationwide days of action, RBS announced a reprieve for 10 local branches – but the fight to save our local banks and post offices continues.
We believe in people before profit, and our MPs are standing up against scheduled or planned closures in their constituencies.
Busy morning outside St George’s X branch of Bank Of Scotland w @HillheadKen – collecting signatures for petition against closure scheduled for 20th Feb – our communities are losing too many of these vital services as many customers told us @bankofscotnews @AskBankOfScot pic.twitter.com/GP1yqKrjDx
— Patrick Grady MP (@GradySNP) January 25, 2019
Scottish Tories let their mask slip again on devolution, after they said they would block involvement of the Scottish Government in future negotiations in the EU
Listing the broken promises of the Better Together would take up more space than this whole article. Do you remember when we were promised a ‘partnership of equals’ in a union in which we should ‘lead, not leave’?
The whole Brexit process clearly highlighted these statements as a pure sham.
This reckless Tory government has repeatedly ridden roughshod over Scotland’s will and interest, and to add to that, the group of Scottish Tory MPs claimed they would block any attempts to include the Scottish Government in future negotiations with the EU.
David Linden questioned the Brexit minister on these remarks, but his answer was almost as ridiculous as the remarks.
📹 I questioned @DExEUgov Minister about the ridiculous statement from @ScotTories that they will block any attempts to include @scotgov from future negotiations with the EU, and got almost as ridiculous an answer from him… #Brexit pic.twitter.com/REkrd1uyBw
— David Linden MP (@DavidLinden) January 24, 2019
Nicola Sturgeon urged Theresa May to drop her Brexit red lines, but the PM was in no mood for listening
Despite suffering a calamitous defeat in Parliament last week, Theresa May still does not appear to appreciate the scale of that defeat.
Despite promising a ‘Plan B’, she is not offering anything fundamentally different to the failed Plan A, and is refusing to drop her red lines, out of fear of alienating the hard-right Brexiteer faction in her party.
After meeting the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, Nicola Sturgeon said that Theresa May did not appear interested in compromising.
As the no-deal cliff edge gets ever closer, her refusal to rule out no-deal or even consider extending Article 50 is astonishing, and seems like the height of irresponsibility.
Nicola Sturgeon speaking to the media after meeting the PM tonight pic.twitter.com/QAsjKrVoUA
— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) January 23, 2019
Dr Philippa Whitford lead calls for Universal Credit reforms to prevent domestic abuse
Among the many faults of Universal Credit, not least the shambolic roll-out which lead thousands of families into food banks, the payments are made to a single household bank account, rather than individuals.
This makes it easier for perpetrators of domestic abuse to exert financial control, which can leave victims isolated and trapped in an abusive relationship.
Dr Philippa Whitford MP has led the campaign to introduce separate payments, which would give women more financial independence and help protect victims of domestic abuse.
— Tom French (@tomfrench85) January 22, 2019
Following SNP pressure, the UK government caves in and scraps the £65 registration fee for EU citizens
Since the Brexit referendum, the rhetoric and actions of the Tory government have made many EU citizens feel unwelcome.
After the EU citizens have been treated as a bargaining chip in the EU negotiations, the Windrush scandal and the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policies, the UK government proposed a £65 fee for EU citizens to apply for settled status – a scheme that would guarantee their residency after Brexit.
We firmly believe that charging EU citizens to stay in their own homes is wrong, and following passionate calls from SNP MPs and civil society groups, the UK government was forced to scrap the £65 fee.
However, we believe it should go even further: the principle of having to apply implies that some EU citizens might be rejected, and the registration scheme should be ditched altogether.
I raised this as the first of the #PMQS of 2019. Pleased to see the fee scrapped, let's see our EU friends, neighbours and colleagues rights simply recognised and ditch the registration scheme altogether https://t.co/pUVdZsFF5d
— Drew Hendry MP (@drewhendrySNP) January 21, 2019