Tory Contempt for Scottish Farmers Laid Bare

Tory MSP Peter Chapman who served as Ruth Davidson’s Rural Economy spokesperson – stunned Holyrood this afternoon by revealing he doesn’t care about the views of the National Farmers Union of Scotland.

Questioned by SNP MSP Bruce Crawford if he agreed or disagreed with NFU Scotland’s view that the UK Government’s proposals for an internal market are a threat to devolution, Mr Chapman claimed the group that represent Scotland’s farmers are ‘wrong, wrong, wrong”.

Peter Chapman, who quit his post as Rural Economy spokesperson in disgrace after a lobbying row, served as NFUS Vice President from 1998-2000.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bruce Crawford said:

“This is a shocking admission by Peter Chapman – who shamelessly claims to stand up for Scotland’s farmers.

“The NFUS have rightly called out the UK Government’s internal market proposals for exactly what they are – a significant threat to devolution.

“The Tories’ plans will lower Scotland’s world-class food standards and trample over the hard-won powers of devolution.

“Scotland’s farmers know this, but Peter Chapman couldn’t care less.

“He is shamefully choosing to do Boris Johnson’s bidding instead of protecting Scottish jobs and food standards.

“The Tories simply can’t be trusted to stand up for Scotland.