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2nd July 2017

SNP Councillor Slams Stirling’s Tory MP For Voting Against Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers

Susan McGill on Majury

SNP Councillor for Stirling North, Susan McGill, has slammed Stirling’s Tory MP, Stephen Kerr, after he used his first opportunity to vote in the House of Commons against abolishing the public sector pay cap.

The SNP Scottish Government has committed to scrapping the pay cap with a pledge to working with unions to bring forward an evidence-based approach to increasing public sector – such as NHS workers’ – pay fairly.

In line with the Barnett Formula, a scrapping and subsequent increase of public sector worker pay in England would result in further funding to the Scottish Parliament – giving further resource to Scottish public sector pay.

The Commons’ vote yesterday (Wednesday 28thJune) was on an opposition amendment to the Tory Government’s Queen’s Speech – which was backed by the SNP, Labour, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and others. It fell by 323 votes to 309 with Tory and DUP support.

Susan McGill, who has worked in the NHS for 38 years, has criticised Stirling’s Tory MP for his short voting record as being “callous.”

Commenting, Councillor McGill said:

“Public sector workers in Stirling were sold a raw deal when they were asked to vote Tory in June’s General Election this year. Whilst the SNP Government here in Scotland is working to deliver fair pay to the public sector on limited resources, our local Tory Member of Parliament is using his time in the Commons to block fair pay for nurses.

“This is a callous betrayal of the public sector by the Tories. If this amendment had passed, this would have automatically had a knock-on effect to Scotland’s block grant from Westminster, allowing for more resources to pay for public sector pay increase – as the SNP Government has always said it would.

“Our new Tory MP seems to be happy to grant the DUP £1.5 billion in order to keep his failed party in government, but refuses to challenge the fact that Scotland will see no further funding.”