Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said he walked out of the House of Commons to stand up for his constituents following repeated attempts by the Tory government to silence Scotland’s voice on Brexit.
The MP for West Dunbartonshire joined the SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP in defence of the will of Scotland’s parliament, after the Speaker asked Mr Blackford to leave during Prime Minister’s Questions.
The SNP’s Westminster Leader had called for the House of Commons to sit in private, following the Prime Minister’s failure to bring forward emergency legislation on Brexit to ensure the Scottish Parliament’s position is considered as the UK leaves the EU.
Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes described events in the House of Commons this week as ‘scandalous’ and said it was a democratic outrage for the people of Scotland to be ignored on Brexit.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“The Tories have shown utter contempt for the democratic will of the Scottish Parliament and as ever it’s been left to the SNP to fight Scotland’s corner.
“The events of the past week at Westminster have been nothing less than scandalous. Scotland – and my constituents – have been silenced on Brexit, leaving us with no choice but to walk out of the House of Commons in protest at this democratic outrage.
“The Prime Minister gave a commitment that she would treat Scotland as part of a ‘union of equals’. Yet she has pressed on with this unprecedented attack on devolution in direct opposition to Scotland’s elected Parliament.
“The Tories haven’t won a democratic mandate from the people of Scotland for over 60 years, but they think they can do what they want to us and get away with it.
“The actions of the UK government are putting jobs and livelihoods at risk – I will always stand up for Scotland and the people of West Dunbartonshire in Parliament.”