Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has urged SNP ministers to work with the UK Government to deliver infrastructure projects that are vital for the Scottish economy.
The Conservative MSP spoke up after it was revealed that Michael Matheson, SNP Cabinet Secretary for Transport had instructed Transport Scotland "not to engage" with the UK Government’s Connectivity Review which promises major new transport investment which would improve links between his region and the rest of the United Kingdom.
At the same time, SNP minister Ivan McKee stated that the Scottish Government may turn down a proposal from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to develop free ports in Scotland, despite interest from local councils, including Highland Council.
Mr Cameron said: “SNP politicians should not allow their hostility to the UK Government to prevent major investments coming to the Highlands and Islands."
“My region is taking a devastating hit from the Covid-19 pandemic and local people and businesses here need the promise of a better future with both our governments working together on their behalf.”
Mr Cameron added: “Let’s face it, after 13 years of SNP Government, local people here have been left with impassable roads, rusting half-built ferries, and are still in many cases waiting for decent broadband."
“It would be a travesty to compound that by letting politics get in the way of these opportunities.”
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