Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



In a bizarre twist Tory Councillors on Moray Council have refused to back a call for better regulation of delivery charges, despite their own MP campaigning on the issue.

SNP MPs and MSPs, including local Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, have vociferously campaigned on the issue of inflated delivery charges affecting Moray and the north of Scotland.

In a motion to the meeting of Moray Council, SNP Co-Leader Councillor Shona Morrison urged councillors to back the campaign and add their voice by writing to the UK Minister responsible calling for regulatory reform to be considered.

Cllr Shona Morrison said:

“On a day when the Tories failed to back a single opposition motion, they ended up voting against something that their own MP is campaigning for and on an issue that people the length and breadth of Moray feel incredibly strongly about.

“If there’s one thing that we surely can all agree on it’s that delivery charging policies for Moray and the Highlands are ludicrous.

“We should all be getting behind the efforts of our local MSP and MP and campaigning for the regulatory changes that will force delivery companies to act.

“Instead the Council’s administration have politicised everything that was proposed today, even things that they agree with, and have opposed the SNP’s motions simply for the sake of opposing them.

Buckie SNP Councillor Sonya Warren, who seconded the motion, said:

“Excessive delivery charges affect residents and businesses in Moray alike. While some companies like Amazon and, more recently, Halfords have managed to implement fair delivery charging policies, many others are still penalising Moray folk.

“There are still far too many examples of companies taking downright liberties with delivery charges.

“You would think that this simple request could have been backed by the Tories but they are making themselves look like a laughing stock by opposing proposals by the SNP, even when they agree with them.”