Majority of SNP MPs absent from bedroom tax vote

Just two Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) MPs turned up to vote against the bedroom tax in the House of Commons earlier today after a prosal to repeal the tax was put forward by Labour MP Ian Lavery.

Just two Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) MPs turned up to vote against the bedroom tax in the House of Commons earlier today after a prosal to repeal the tax was put forward by Labour MP Ian Lavery.

The proposal was submitted as a Ten Minute Rule Motion, giving MPs the chance to vote to put an end to the tax.

Labour’s Gordon Banks MP said it was “now more clear than ever that the SNP want to keep Scots on the Tory government’s hook”.

“This comes just a day after the SNP had a chance to call a House of Commons vote on re-introducing the 50p tax rate, and they didn’t bother. The SNP say they stand up for people who are struggling, but it’s clear they want to keep ordinary families across Scotland on the Tory’s hook while letting the wealthy off the hook,” he added.

3 Responses to “Majority of SNP MPs absent from bedroom tax vote”

  1. Alec

    Given the emoting the SNP does over it and other punitive policies, it is apposite to bring it up.

    Given, however, that it has been decided upon and introduced through Parliament in the correct manner, and that this is the latest of at least half a dozen informal votes on the matter over the past 12 months, it’s maybe time that Lavery and others stopped trying to subvert Parliament.

    ~alec

  2. jim watson

    Perhaps Mr banks could also explain why 4 Scottish Labour MPs were missing from the vote? This was the same number as the SNP who were posted absent. 10 lib dems also were posted missing as well as the lone tory and independent. Could it possibly be that the labour member has an aganda against the SNP? And here was me thinking that this page was non party political as well…
    It should be noted that it was the labour party who first introduced the bedroom tax for private tenancies and todays motion would only restore those in a social rented tenancy. There should be a total abolition of this iniquitous tax.
    As for the SNP keeping people on the tory hook, Mr Banks might not be aware but the Scottish Government has recently made funds available to fully mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax in Scotland – can he explain why this is not standing up for people?
    And can he also further explain why 10 Scottish labour MPs missed the last opportunity to vote this tax down?

  3. Alec

    Oh, look, two people don’t understand the concept of Parliamentary democracy. Very well, don’t come crying to me when it’s policies youse support which are being stymied, and MPs are unable to concentrate on their constituents or Ministers cannot focus on their briefs and Westminster carpark is chockfull of ambulances with ill MPs or MPs are being summoned from abroad at a moment’s notice because some wreckers are trying to get through a knife-edge vote.

    ~alec

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