ANGUS MACDONALD MSP VOTES FOR LANDMARK SCOTTISH BUDGET
Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:48
LABOUR/TORY/LIBDEM OPPOSITION FAIL TO SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT
Communities across the Falkirk district are set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP for Falkirk East has said. This includes the continuation of the electrification on the railways between Falkirk Grahamston, Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa and funding for Forth Valley College.
Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for Falkirk district in the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.
Angus MacDonald has condemned the approach taken by the three parties, including Alison Harris MSP, providing opposition for opposition’s sake rather than supporting investment in communities throughout the Falkirk district.
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal for Falkirk district, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy. For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.
“It was disappointing to see Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities across the Falkirk District – but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.
“The Falkirk district itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including an additional £4.5 million for Falkirk Council and funding for Forth Valley College in order for them to continue delivering for our young people.
“Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob the Falkirk district of these vital services in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.”