Local MP comments on voted down proposal

Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has spoken of her disappointment, after proposals for an enquiry into poverty and inequality were voted down by Conservative, Liberal and Labour MPs.

The Opposition Day Debate on Fairness and Inequality took place on Tuesday, with a motion put forward by SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green members recognising the huge disparity between the richest and poorest in the UK, and calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the impact of the UK Government’s austerity measures.

Speaking afterwards, Dr Whiteford said she was disappointed that Westminster MPs did not recognise the disproportionate impact austerity has had on the lowest-paid. She said: “We had this debate at Westminster because the Westminster system is driving so much of the inequality and unfairness blighting our society which has got us into this sorry state.

“It was very disappointing to see such low numbers of the UK government on the benches for this debate. And Labour have stuck to the ‘Bain’ principle of not voting for an SNP motion- putting tribal party politics ahead of common sense.”