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Tory Scotland Secretary is ‘out of step with opinion in Scotland at every level,’ an SNP MP charges

DAVID MUNDELL was facing fresh calls to resign today after he “staked his reputation” on PM Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard said the Tory Scotland Secretary was “out of step with opinion in Scotland at every level.”

It is just the latest bout of pressure to mount on Mr Mundell. In November, the Morning Star exclusively revealed that he had trousered almost £40,000 in donations from a Singapore-based businessman who hailed the last recession as a “massive wealth-building opportunity in disguise.” 

Mr Mundell provided property magnate Brian Gillies with a business reference which praised his “integrity and personal probity.”

In the Commons today, Mr Mundell said: “I make no apology for supporting the Prime Minister’s deal.”

Mr Sheppard said: “I was going to suggest that the Secretary of State is ill-equipped to take this process forward in Scotland, but he makes the argument for me.”

The call came after Nicola Sturgeon flew to London to brief her MPs before last night’s confidence vote. The SNP backed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s motion of no confidence in the Tory government, and the First Minister stressed she wanted another referendum on EU membership. 

But at Holyrood, SNP Brexit secretary Mike Russell said the Scottish government was making plans for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

He said Ms May’s position was “self-deluding mince” and said Westminster “can and should” rule out leaving the EU without a deal.

Writing in the Scotsman today, Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray, one of Scottish Labour’s most ardent Remainers, called for the party to “throw its weight behind a People’s Vote.”

But Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary Lesley Laird told the BBC her party was “sticking to the process we agreed at our conference.”

Meanwhile, Glasgow North East Labour MP Paul Sweeney said Ms May’s government was responsible for pursing an agenda where “immigrants are demonised.”

Mr Sweeney, a leading campaigner against Home Office contractor Serco’s plans to evict refugees from their homes in Glasgow, called on Mr Mundell to apologise.

Mr Mundell replied: “Of course I don’t accept his characterisation of events. Scotland remains a place which should be welcome for migrants wherever they come from.”


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