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Leonard accused of ‘hypocrisy’ over procurement call

Richard Leonard at PenicuikRichard Leonard: urged to back SNP move (photo by Terry Murden)

Scottish Labour is facing accusations of hypocrisy if it refuses to support SNP opposition to the Westminster government’s Withdrawal Bill.

The SNP says the bill would see the Scottish government relinquish powers Labour has demanded the Scottish Government use. 

It would give the UK government the power to act in a range of devolved areas including public procurement. 

Labour has demanded that the Scottish Government change procurement policy.

SNP MSP Tom Arthur said: “Labour constantly demand the Scottish Government fix problems in reserved areas – even when Labour themselves have blocked these powers coming to Holyrood.

“That hypocrisy is bad enough – but Labour will be guilty of double hypocrisy if they now back the Tories’ power grab bid.  

“The issue of procurement policy is a case in point. 

“The SNP has taken great steps to ensure that public contracts support small businesses and create wider community benefits – but we’ve had to work within European procurement law.

“Just last month Labour led a Holyrood debate demanding that we go further. But to do so we need the powers where they belong – in the Scottish Parliament, not in the hands of Tory Ministers.

“If Labour refuse, yet again, to stand up for devolution then it will expose the extraordinary hypocrisy at the heart of [Labour leader] Richard Leonard’s leadership.” 

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