BLACKFORD BYPASSING PRIME MINISTER TO PREVENT MASS BANK CLOSURES

The SNP has slammed the Tory government for “failing to lift a finger” to save the 62 RBS bank branches set for closure across Scotland – leaving 13 Scottish towns with no local bank.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has bypassed Theresa May, and has been talking with RBS chiefs directly, after the Prime Minister repeatedly refused to intervene to prevent the closures, despite the UK government’s role as a majority shareholder.

The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, who has raised the issue at Prime Ministers Questions three times since December, said the Tories are “letting Scotland down”.  

Ian Blackford pledged the SNP will continue its campaign to save branches, and prevent a situation where local communities across Scotland lose the last bank in town. The SNP are hopeful that their discussions with RBS are moving in a positive direction.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“The Tories are letting Scotland down by failing to lift a finger to save these vital local banks from closure – leaving many communities with the damaging prospect of losing their last bank in town.

“While the UK government refuses to take action, the SNP will continue our campaign to save these banks, which are hugely important for local people and businesses.

“That is why I have, for the past few weeks, been bypassing the Prime Minister to talk directly with RBS. Our discussions have been productive, and are moving in a positive direction – I am hopeful the concerns of our communities are being heard and that a breakthrough can still be found.”

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