THE SNP have slammed the Tory “Spineless Six” for failing Scotland “time and again” over key issues.

The party has highlighted that, in 2021, Scotland’s six Tory MPs – Douglas Ross, Andrew Bowie, David Duguid, Alister Jack, John Lamont and David Mundell – voted in favour of:

  • Scrapping the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift which has left more than 400,000 people in Scotland £1040 worse off.
  • Scrapping the triple lock. This decision will leave more than one million Scottish pensioners £520 worse off.
  • Increasing National Insurance, which has disproportionately hit lower and middle-income earners the hardest – a large portion of whom had already been dealt blows by the pandemic, Brexit and a decade of Tory austerity.
  • The Nationality and Borders Bill, allowing for the UK Government to criminalise victims of torture and refugees looking for safety for trying to come to the UK.
  • Cutting International Aid: This decision meant the Tories broke their manifesto commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on overseas development aid.
  • Cutting tax to banks, which has allowed the UK Government to move ahead with slashing tax surcharge on bank profits by more than 60%.

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The SNP’s shadow Scotland secretary Mhairi Black MP said: “The Tory Spineless Six have let Scotland down time and time again – and their voting record highlights this.

“Whether it’s taking more than £1000 away from 400,000 Scots; taking £520 off more than one million Scottish pensioners; hiking National Insurance which will disproportionately hit the lowest earners; introducing cruel policies such as the Anti-Refugee Bill; slashing international aid to the world’s poorest in the middle of a pandemic; or allowing for multi-billion-pound corporations to pay less money – the Tories are, quite simply, rotten to the core.

“Time and again, we see first-hand why the Tories cannot be trusted, which is why Scotland hasn’t voted for a Conservative government since the 1950s.

“However, due to the unfair, outdated Union we find ourselves part of, this is our reality.

“Thankfully for Scotland this doesn’t need to be our future.

“With the full powers of independence, Scotland can finally elect a government it wants so that we, as a nation, can be the progressive, forward-thinking country we have longed to see.”