MacDonald slams Peattie on vote to cut Scotland's budget
Thursday, 03 February 2011 06:10
Only SNP deliver balanced budget
SNP Candidate for Falkirk East, Councillor Angus MacDonald last night slammed his opponent Cathy Peattie, currently Labour MSP for Falkirk East, following her vote to cut Scotland's budget by £30 million on top of the £1.3 billion already slashed by the Westminster government. Cllr MacDonald said it was now clear only the SNP could be trusted to balance the budget, back small business and support public services.
Cllr MacDonald said:
"Cathy Peattie has joined her Unionist cohorts to cut £30 million from Scotland's budget. Labour's vote with the Tories and Lib Dems for a £30 million cut to Scotland's budget will
shock the many services already coping with Tory budget cuts.
"Labour now have no credibility on public spending or Tory cuts when they have wilfully cut £30 million from Scotland's public spending.
"For Labour, Lib Dem and Tory this has never been about balancing the budget, saving jobs or protecting public services it has always been about putting party politics before the concerns of the Scottish people.
"Voters across Scotland will be deeply disturbed that Labour, Tory and Lib Dem have put the interests of supermarket profits before household budgets, small businesses and publc services."
"It is clear as we approach next week's budget that the SNP is the only party trying to deliver a balanced budget for Scotland that protects Scottish values, the services we hold dear and supports Scotland's economic recovery."
"As Mrs Peattie campaigns in the forthcoming Scottish General Election she will have some explaining to do to her constituents who will want to know why she voted against the £30million supermarket levy, equal to one hours turnover for some of the big four supermarkets.
“There is utter bemusement in Falkirk East that Labour want to cut taxes on supermarkets but increase pensioners council tax and sacrifice concessionary travel, free prescriptions, the small business bonus and the council tax freeze.