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Jeane Freeman MSP
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Press Release

Jeane Freeman MSP Slams Local Tory MSP for “Hypocrisy” on Ayrshire Growth Deal

Published date : 03 May 2017


Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, has slammed the hypocrisy of Conservative MSP Brian Whittle over the Ayrshire Growth Deal.  Ms Freeman said;

“While Brian Whittle tries to score points in the Scottish Parliament, demanding to know how much money the Scottish Government will commit to the Ayrshire Growth Deal, the UK Conservative Government have, to date, refused to be part of it.   Brian Whittle failed to support the work of local MPs arguing for the Growth Deal and refused to support a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling for a debate on the deal.

“The Scottish Government continues to support the Growth Deal, but yet again Scottish Tories are apologists for their UK Conservative Government who have failed to act.

“Brian Whittle has the gall to demand that the Scottish Government supports the deal, showboating of the worst kind.   If Mr Whittle is serious about growing the infrastructure and economy of Ayrshire he should persuade his Westminster colleagues to declare their support for the deal. Instead he postures in the Scottish Parliament in the face of the facts.”


Notes to Editors;

  1. Brian Whittle MSP asked a question in the Scottish Parliament on the 27th April concerning Scottish Government support for the proposed Ayrshire Growth Deal.
  2. Patricia Gibson MP led a House of  Commons debate on the deal on 19 January. She then wrote to all Ayrshire ToryMSPs to call on them to lobby the Chanellor to back the deal, which all three Ayrshire councils and the Scottish National Party Government support. None of the Tory MSPs replied to her letter.
  3. Kenneth Gibson MSP put down a motion at the Scottish Parliament calling for a debate on the Ayrshire growth deal. None of the Conservative MSPs supported the motion.
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