Owen Thompson shocked at election announcement

Wednesday April 19th 2017

Owen Thompson in House of Commons

Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, has expressed his shock at the Prime Minister’s announcement of legislation for a snap General Election on 8 June 2017. However, he has said he pledges to join his SNP colleagues in continuing to reject the UK Government’s narrow, divisive agenda, and in putting Scotland’s people first, in the weeks leading up to the General Election.

Commenting, Owen Thompson MP said:

“The Prime Minister’s announcement – and her U-turn on the concept of an early General Election – is not only unexpected but also shocking. Yet again, the Tories are putting party above country, trying to do whatever they want and to get away with it – like making a hard Brexit almost inevitable.

“It is absolutely crucial that we stand firm against a Tory Party who wish to use this General Election as a mandate to push through even more of their punishing policies and cuts, as they push the UK even further to the right.

“When the Prime Minister said she was calling an election to ‘give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first’, she didn’t mention the will of the Scottish people.

“My SNP Westminster Group colleagues and I will use this campaign to stand up for our constituents – to stand against Tory austerity, to stand against leaving the EU against Scotland’s will, to stand for progressive and socially responsible policies – and to prove to the people of Scotland that they can trust SNP MPs to continue to put Scotland’s interests first.”

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