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by Staff reporter
09 June 2023
Douglas Ross was right, homelessness charity says

Douglas Ross pictured in the Scottish Parliament

Douglas Ross was right, homelessness charity says

A homelessness charity has defended Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross after he was accused of misleading parliament.

Ross pressed First Minister Humza Yousaf for answers over Glasgow City Council's low emissions zone (LEZ) over its impact on Homeless Project Scotland.

The initiative aims to cut transport emissions and limits access to parts of the city for polluting vehicles.

Ross said the charity had been forced to make changes to its operations after its vehicle was found to breach permitted emissions limits.

It later emerged that an exemption had been agreed.

SNP deputy leader Keith Brown accused Ross of having "knowingly misled" the Scottish Parliament in his questioning, accusing the Tories of "tarnishing the reputation" of the parliament with "toxic" conduct.

However, Homeless Project Scotland has now come out in defence of Ross, accusing Brown of having misrepresented its position.

The charity said the local authority had refused to allow its fridge van and three other vehicles into the LEZ zone, and that the exemption agreed following a request by an SNP councillor lasts for only two months.

In a social media post, it said it has been "forced to buy a new fridge van and fundraise for another three vehicles".

Asking Brown to "support us instead of misrepresenting us", the charity said Ross "was right on this occasion and we are still suffering today as a result of the LEZ".

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