Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has said that there are “significant concerns” about lobbying in Westminster that need to be addressed. After being accused of “sleaze” in his relations with businessman Sir James Dyson, the prime minister has issued a statement.
Mr. Ross said that the results of ongoing investigations would be “closely scrutinized.” Boris Johnson’s correspondence on Covid contracts has been secured and released, according to SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford. Mr. Ross was asked about the current lobbying row in Westminster on BBC Scotland’s The Sunday Show.
The feud erupted after it was revealed that Sir James Dyson, a businessman, had approached Mr. Johnson directly about tax problems while working on ventilators during the pandemic. “I’ve been completely open and frank about this,” Mr. Ross said. “There are serious concerns that need to be addressed with regard to the Westminster lobbying allegations – I believe there are eight separate independent investigations underway, including a variety of UK Parliament select committees.
Mr. Ross was also asked whether he agreed with former minister Johnny Mercer’s assessment of the British government as “a bit of a cesspit.” “I also sit alongside Johnny Mercer; I’ve talked with him since his resignation, and I have a different understanding of how the government functions,” he said.
Dominic Cummings, the PM’s former chief advisor, also said Mr. Johnson had a “probably illegal” scheme to raise funds for the refurbishment. “Everything has been absolutely announced” in accordance with the regulations, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show. She did not, however, respond to repeated questions about whether the money came from a Tory party donor.
Ms. Truss had demonstrated the UK government’s “smoke and mirrors” activity, according to Mr. Blackford. “Rather than hide behind Tory ministers, Boris Johnson must now appear in front of Parliament and answer these very serious questions for himself,” he said.
“Whether it contracts for cronies, contributions for decorating, or text messages for tax cuts, the Conservatives must make all of their dealings public and enable them to be properly investigated.”
The basics of elections in Scotland
What’s going on? On the 6th of May, Scots will vote to elect 129 members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). The government will be formed by the party with the most seats. More information can be found here. What abilities do they possess? MSPs pass laws governing health, education, and transportation in Scotland, as well as having some control over tax and welfare benefits.
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Anas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leader, had earlier in the program accused the SNP and Conservatives of “playing on each other’s differences.” He said, The larger political bubble is preoccupied with a referendum rather than the pandemic. “I recognize that this is a pandemic election and that they want to return to old debates, old divisions, and old scores to settle. I’m not willing to provide a route map that speaks to half the population,” says the author. To highlight their proposal to remove single-use plastics by 2025, the Scottish Greens took part in a litter pick in Edinburgh.
Willie Rennie, the Lib Dem chief, spoke about his efforts to help Police Scotland through mental health initiatives. Recruiting specialist mental health workers to work with the police and providing officers with mental illness with access to specialists are among the proposals.