Exclusive: New Scottish Tory MPs have transformed House of Commons, says Theresa May

Written by Staff reporter on 26 February 2018 in News

Writing exclusively for Holyrood ahead of the Scottish Conservative conference, the Prime Minister outlines opportunities brought by Brexit

Image credit: PA

The new intake of Scottish Conservative MPs have had a transformative impact on the House of Commons, according to Theresa May.

Writing exclusively for Holyrood ahead of the Scottish Conservative conference, the Prime Minister highlighted the role of the new Scottish Tory MPs in “helping to deliver a freeze in whisky duty, additional help for the oil industry, and clearing up the SNP’s mess on police and fire VAT”.

She also outlined her determination for Scotland to “make the most of the new opportunities” brought by Brexit, pointing to the chance to grow the fishing industry after the UK leaves the Common Fisheries Policy and to find new markets for exports.

While the Conservatives lost their majority after May called a snap election last year, the party made gains north of the border, boosting their number of MPs from one to 13.

Pointing to the 31 seats won at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, the 13 seats taken in the general election, and the party’s success in the 2017 local government election, where it won 276 seats, the PM said the conference would offer a chance to celebrate the party’s revival in Scotland.

Writing for Holyrood, the PM said: “At every level of government in Scotland, Conservatives have made gains by standing up for our principles, listening to the concerns of local people and offering a resolute defence of Scotland’s place within our United Kingdom.

“In the House of Commons, the transformation has been stark. We now have a more representative range of voices on Scottish matters, with the twelve new Scottish Conservative MPs at the forefront. They represent a diverse group of communities, from urban and suburban to rural Scotland; from Stranraer to Peterhead; and from Eyemouth to Elgin.”

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

Promote the aquaculture industry to school leavers and graduates, urges HIE
23 May 2018

Highlands and Islands Enterprise highlights a gender imbalance in both the industry and education system, as well as an ageing workforce

Keeping Barnett formula 'not appropriate' after Brexit, warns Institute for Fiscal Studies
24 April 2018

Pledge to maintain Barnett formula one of the key parts of the Vow, made by the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems in the run up to the 2014 independence referendum

The gender pay gap and the media's pursuit of balance
10 April 2018

A radio discussion on the gender pay gap raises questions over the media's approach to impartiality

Ministers unveil £1m fund to provide low income families with affordable credit
2 April 2018

Part of the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan, the funding will double the size of the Carnegie Trust’s Affordable Credit Loan Fund

Related Sponsored Articles

Share this page