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SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today written to Labour’s leader in Scotland, Johann Lamont, calling on her to repudiate demands from her party colleagues for Scotland’s share of EU funding to be cut.
This comes as senior Labour MP and former government minister John Healey called for Scotland’s share of the European Regional Development Fund to be cut by as much as £188m – a demand that has been echoed recently by Labour’s Mayor of Liverpool.
Commenting, Ian Hudghton MEP said:
“EU funding supports vital infrastructure projects and jobs across the country – so it is absolutely extraordinary that senior Labour figures are trying to pick Scotland’s pocket and put this at risk.
“Only yesterday we saw the vital role played by EU funding in projects improving both the M8 and M73 and creating hundreds of jobs – it is exactly this type of project that this dangerous rhetoric would put in jeopardy.
“Johann Lamont must finally show some leadership and use whatever influence she has with her party colleagues to make sure that Labour’s threats to Scotland’s budget and Scottish jobs are put to an end.
“When it comes to Europe, the Westminster parties simply don’t represent Scotland’s interests. The Tories want to rip Scotland out of Europe with their in/out referendum and Labour wants to cut Scotland’s funding. Only a Yes vote in September can secure our place within the EU and give Scotland a seat at the top table.”
Labour MP John Healey’s comments are reported here:
A copy of Ian Hudghton’s letter to Ms Lamont -
Dear Ms Lamont,
I am writing to you regarding recent comments from your party colleague John Healey MP, as reported by the Daily Express, who has called for Scotland’s allocation of the UK’s share of the European Regional Development Fund to be cut by as much as £188m. As you’ll be aware, this funding supports vital infrastructure projects and jobs across the country and any cuts to Scotland’s share would be deeply damaging to the economy.
Mr Healey is the latest high profile member of the Labour Party to argue publicly for Scotland’s share of EU funding to be cut – joining figures including the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.
In light of these threats to Scotland’s budget from senior figures within your party, I am writing to ask that you publicly repudiate these activities by your Labour colleagues, and that you use your influence in the Labour Party to ensure that these threats are immediately put to an end.
Ian Hudghton MEP
President of the Scottish National Party