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Europe the missing word from SNP EU election film

April 29, 2014 9:02 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today said Scots will be George LyonGeorge Lyonasking why the SNP can't bring themselves to stop talking about independence and start talking about Europe after their first Party Election Broadcast for the European Elections failed to mention Europe or the EU.

The 420-word script did not mention Europe or any of the current arguments around the EU. Independence was mentioned four times in the video which previously had been used to promote the SNP's referendum campaign.

Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

"Alex Salmond is happy to talk about Scotland when he is in Europe but he does not seem to want to talk about Europe when he is in Scotland. I am sure that those who watched the broadcast for the EU elections will be puzzled about why the SNP can't bring themselves to stop talking about independence and start talking about Europe.

"Whether we are talking about the Scottish jobs our place in the EU supports, the environment or fighting cross-border crime it is clear we can achieve more when we work together. That is why Liberal Democrats are making the positive case for Scotland remaining in Britain and in Europe.

"Party broadcasts are the traditional way for parties to set out their stall ahead of elections. With polling day at the European Elections less than one month away, the missing word from the SNP's broadcast was 'Europe'.

The recent SNP Party Election Broadcast can be viewed online at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-27157698