An SNP MP has today criticised the Tories for ‘filibustering’ and blocking his Bill on Nuclear Convoys from being debated in the House of Commons.
A private member’s bill brought forward by Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, set out a proposed ban on convoys carrying nuclear weapons by road. At the moment convoys regularly travel by road through Scotland, including near schools in his constituency of Midlothian.
The convoys regularly use some of Scotland’s busiest roads and travel through urban areas completely unannounced, with no transparency over their contents and at all times of the year – even when the weather makes travel difficult. Recent revelations from the MoD have also revealed that convoys do not display any signs or any visible warnings that convoys transporting material to Scotland in connection with Trident are carrying nuclear loads.
Frustrated at the lack of progress in the House of Commons, Mr Thompson raised a point of order during the debate to try and get his Bill heard, asking the speaker if it would be more likely it would be heard on ‘Julember the tenteenth’.
Owen Thompson MP said:
“The Tories spent almost five hours debating a Bill on Foreign National Offenders with themselves, blocking my Bill from being debated.
“Bizarrely, the Tory MPs who moved the Bill then opposed it to waste more time and prevent other Bills from being heard, it’s a disgrace to the electorate and democracy. However I won’t be letting the issue drop”