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Ball in SNP's court on CAP reform implementation

October 3, 2013 6:45 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Tavish Scott MSPTavish ScottTavish Scott today accused SNP rural affairs Minister Richard Lochhead of playing politics with Scotland's farming community. During a Scottish Government debate on Common Agricultural Policy Mr Scott offered to work across the chamber to deliver the best deal for Scotland's farmers.

The Cabinet Secretary chose to make a political issue of the situation, criticising the UK government's negotiations on the CAP deal.

Commenting after the debate, Mr Scott said:

"Richard Lochhead showed his true nationalist colours during his debate on CAP. When offered a commitment to a cross-party approach on Scotland's CAP implementation, he knocked it back so that he could play politics. Like most nationalist ministers Richard Lochhead has put his independence obsession before Scotland's ambitions.

"The ball is now firmly in the SNP's court when it comes to the CAP deal. Scottish Ministers have the flexibility to implement the new CAP in the way that works best for farmers here. These are powers that Scottish Liberal Democrats helped secure during negotiations in Brussels. They now need to tell the industry what level of support they can expect over the next few years.

"Attempting to score cheap political points will curry no favours with the industry. This is an important time for the Rural Affairs Secretary. He should have left his nationalist hat at home."