SNP: 'hypocrisy' over arms fair attendance

The SNP have been accused of hypocrisy once again after attending a high profile arms fair at Holyrood.

Companies included:

  • US multi-national Raytheon, who have a factory in Fife allegedly making smart bombs used in Yemen’s war

  • Thales, who have a factory in Glasgow. Thales are said to have sold military equipment to oppressive regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia

  • Leonardo (the world’s ninth-largest arms firm). They make guns, warplanes, drones and missiles. Reports also suggest that they have been awarded £6million of taxpayers’ money by the Scottish Government over the last five years

  • The SNP's Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville attended the fair and made a speech.

    The SNP’s Linda Fabiani, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, was also at the fair.

    Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said:

    “The Government donated £250,000 to the Yemen crisis appeal but, as long as they give Raytheon public money through enterprise grants and while the company’s representatives are treated as welcome guests in our Parliament, the stench of hypocrisy will never be far away.”
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