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'No new money' in DUP deal

Mundell ‘cave-in’ may hit Scottish budget

David Mundell
David Mundell: accused (photo by Terry Murden)

Scotland could suffer a cut in funding from Westminster as a result of the Tory government’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, it has been claimed.

A letter from the Treasury has revealed that that there has been no increase in overall UK departmental spending as a result of the agreement to provide an extra £1 billion to the DUP in exchange for its support in the Commons.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss made the admission to the Scottish Government which  claims this will result in cuts to other government departments.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford said it is further evidence of Scottish Secretary David Mundell’s failure to stand up for Scotland and protect its budget in the deal signed with the DUP.

He said: “This letter has let the cat out of the bag – David Mundell’s cave-in over the grubby deal with the DUP risks seeing Scotland’s budget cut.

“The Treasury’s admission that there has been no increase in overall UK departmental spending as a result of the deal has given the game away.

“It is a smoking gun, which exposes the fact that other departments now face cuts to pay for this Tory cash-for-votes stitch-up – and that means Scotland faces cuts too.

“So – far from standing up for Scotland as he promised – David Mundell’s craven surrender means Scotland could actually end up worse off.

“Mr Mundell’s role in this has been a fiasco – only a week ago he said he would not allow any extra cash go to Northern Ireland without similar benefits coming to Scotland.

“But he went back on that promise, and the result is Scotland’s budget now faces being slashed.

“David Mundell has shown he is not fit for the job of Scottish Secretary and his credibility lies in tatters.

“Why is it that 10 DUP MPs can extract £1bn for Northern Ireland but 13 Scottish Tory MPs are unable to extract one single penny for Scotland?

“This whole episode has exposed Ruth Davidson’s post-election boasts have been exposed as empty bluster.”

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