Unionist MPs who sit on Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee have been slammed after none of them bothered to attend a sitting of the committee in Scotland.
MPs from Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories were absent when the committee convened in a special session held in Kirkcaldy, Fife.
The committee was taking evidence from Scottish based organisations affected by the negative effect of Brexit on immigration. Groups who gave evidence included the National Farmers Union Scotland, Fife Migrant Forum, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
All four Conservative MPs, three Labour MPs and the committee’s solitary Lib Dem MP failed to turn up for the session which only the SNP attended. The snub was slammed by SNP MP Deidre Brock, who said: “This was an important meeting and the failure of MPs from the Scottish Tories, Labour and Lib Dems to even show up speaks volumes about their priorities.
“I appreciate MPs face diary constraints, but Brexit is the biggest issue facing Scotland, and poses a huge risk to the Scottish economy.
“Today we heard from people who have come to Scotland to work, live and contribute to our society, and the human impact the UK government’s Brexit chaos is having. These committee hearings are important to inform our work.”
Defending her non-appearance, Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine, said: “I was disappointed to miss today’s meeting which is one of a series I have attended around Scotland but unfortunately I had other constituency and Westminster related issues.”
Jardine had earlier taken to twitter to answer critics over her non-appearance. None of the other Unionist MPs have offered an explanation for their no-show.
At least two, Scottish Tory MPs Ross Thomson and David Duguid, were at an event hosted by Mr Thomson and attended by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, aimed at banning electric dog-collars. Banning electric dog collars is something the Scottish government announced last month.
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