Christina McKelvie MSP has demanded that Westminster respects Scottish democracy after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to hold an independence referendum.

The MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has also said that the Supreme Court ruling must be respected but it demonstrates that Scotland is not part of a voluntary union.

Commenting, Christina said:

“Westminster must respect the democratic mandate delivered by the people of Scotland in last year’s Scottish elections. A majority of MSPs were elected on holding an independence referendum and that must be upheld.

“The Supreme Court ruling is one that must be respected, but what it highlights is that Scotland is not part of a voluntary union. The United Kingdom ceases to be a voluntary union when one member needs to gain the permission of another for the right to choose a different future.

“If Westminster does not grant permission for a referendum then it must also outline what the democratic route is for Scotland to have a say on its future.

“In the meantime, the Scottish Government will continue to outline how Scotland can forge a path towards a better, fairer independent country away from the chaos at Westminster.”

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Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has said that "independence is the only way to keep people in Hamilton and across Scotland safe from Tory cuts and Brexit decline" after Jeremy Hunt the UK Chancellor imposed a new wave of devastating austerity cuts.

Commenting Christina said:

"Not only have the Tories trashed the UK economy - now they are making people pay the price for their failure with a new wave of painful austerity cuts.

"It has become increasingly clear that Independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts and Brexit decline. With the Tories and Labour Party both imposing the long-term damage of Brexit and cuts, there is no escape from economic decline while under Westminster control.

"The Chancellor should have made fairer choices - properly taxing non-doms, banks, share buybacks, and expanding the windfall tax to companies making excess profits - but instead the Tories have chosen to impose devastating cuts to family budgets and public services.

"Mr Hunt should have followed the lead of the SNP Scottish Government by matching progressive policies like the Scottish Child Payment - but instead he has cut household incomes by raising energy bills yet again and imposing stealth taxes on families.

"The Tories and Labour Party are both in denial about the long-term damage they are causing with Brexit, which is reducing economic growth, lowering real wages, increasing costs, and harming public services. Neither party can be trusted to fix the economy, when they both continue to impose the biggest factor damaging it.

"The only way to get our economy on the road to prosperity is to become an independent country and regain our place in Europe. That is the best way to boost economic growth and the only way to ensure we never again get Tory governments we do not vote for."

The Scottish Child Payment has been increased from £20 to £25 per week per child, meaning 8,130 families across South Lanarkshire are set to receive a boost to their household incomes from the Scottish Government.

Eligibility for the payment, which is only available in Scotland, has also been extended, meaning eligible families in Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse with children under the age of 16 can now apply for the Scottish Child Payment.

Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse is encouraging families across the area to apply for the support.

Commenting, Christina said:

“The extension of the Scottish Child Payment could be a turning point for families in South Lanarkshire and across Scotland as the support is extending from £20 to £25.

“We have already heard from anti-poverty charities how the payment has been ‘game-changing’ for families with children under-6 and now as the support is extended to families with children under-16 more will have extra cash in their pockets to get through this Tory-made cost of living crisis.

“The Scottish Child Payment is only available in Scotland and demonstrates how the SNP Scottish Government is building a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect.

“However, the Scottish Government continues to work with one hand tied behind its back by a UK government which is preparing to inflict austerity 2.0 on families across Scotland.

“There is only one way we can escape the chaos of Westminster and build a fairer, more equal Scotland and that is by becoming an independent country.”

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