From SNP Media:
A former Tory Scotland Office minister has claimed that the UK government’s Scotland Office ‘serves no real purpose’.
Speaking to the Institute for Government, Lord Ian Duncan said that there ‘wasn’t much to do’ during his two-year spell as a Scotland Office minister and he never spoke to Theresa May or Boris Johnson once during his tenure.
Previous reports have found that spending at the Scotland Office soared last year to £8.5million – a £1.2m increase on the previous year.
Lord Duncan was also scathing of Boris Johnson’s denial of Scottish democracy and said the Prime Minister can no longer tell Scots to ‘shut their pie hole’ on the constitution.
Commenting, SNP MSP Emma Harper said:
“The Scotland Office has become nothing more than a toothless Tory propaganda unit, but millions of taxpayers’ money continues to be spent on staff and advertising.
“For two Tory Prime Ministers to have had no contact with a Scotland Office minister in two years, during those years Scotland was thrown into chaos by the Brexit negotiations, shows just how much contempt the Tories at Westminster have for the people of Scotland.
“Under the realm of Alister Jack, the Scotland Office has become nothing but Boris Johnson’s mouthpiece in Scotland as the interests of the people and businesses of Scotland continue to fall on deaf ears around the Cabinet table.
“This demonstrates again that we cannot trust the Tories to stand up for the interests of the people of Scotland and that we need a referendum for recovery to protect Scotland from another decade of Tory austerity.”