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SNP break rules in attempt to grab votes

April 19, 2012 2:47 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking in response to the decision by the Scottish Government to break their 'purdah' rules and make a major announcement on extra money for councils during the local election campaign, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"There are rules in place during election campaigns to stop governments from manipulating the public finances to try to win votes.

"Civil servants have been sent these rules.

"It is a shame that the First Minister's government has broken those rules today.

"People will be deeply suspicious about this announcement. Even this morning the Scottish Government said it didn't have enough money to protect bus services from cuts. But apparently they will have enough money to pay for this announcement.

"It's a desperate attempt to win votes by throwing out the rule book."