Osborne hails victory against bedroom tax

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Sandra Osborne MP has hailed a vote against the bedroom tax as a victory for social justice.

However, the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP also criticised the Scottish National Party as only two MP’s turned up to Friday’s vote in the House of Commons. Sandra said: “Last Friday’s vote against the Bedroom Tax was a vote for social justice across the UK - delivered by Scotland’s Labour MPs. The Tories failed to secure a majority in the House of Commons.

“Alex Salmond’s SNP have put their campaign to break up the UK ahead of the people of Scotland. Every Scottish Labour MP left the campaign to attend Parliament to vote against the bedroom tax. This vote was on a knife edge, but only 2 of the Nationalists bothered to turn up.

“Labour will now amend this Bill in Committee to strengthen it and abolish the bedroom tax, not just for people in Scotland but for people the length and breadth of the UK who have suffered the consequences of this Tory-led Government. Labour will abolish the bedroom tax.”

Sandra continued:

“Far from standing up for Scotland, the SNP have stayed at home and let Scotland down.

“We can only conclude that the SNP want to keep the bedroom tax as a tactic to help their campaign. John Swinney refused to help bedroom tax victims because he said he didn’t want to ‘let Westminster off the hook.’”
However, SNP work and pensions spokesperson Dr Eilidh Whiteford said: “This vote demonstrates exactly why we need independence. This was a defeat for the UK government but it doesn’t end the bedroom tax.

“Every single Scottish MP could vote against the bedroom tax and we would still be faced with it because we can be outvoted by Tory votes from the south.”