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."