BRITISH Transport Police staff will be “hopping mad” at the SNP after the party claimed it was committed to maintaining jobs north of the border, a trade union leader stormed yesterday.
SNP’s Westminster leader Angus Robertson told Thursday night’s BBC debate that police numbers were safe in Scotland.
But transport union TSSA pointed to attempts by the SNP to merge British Transport Police (BTP) officers into Police Scotland.
The union’s general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “TSSA members working to support the specialised policing BTP offers are hopping mad at Angus Robertson’s claim that the SNP is committed to maintaining adequate police resources in Scotland while it is actively smashing up BTP.
“Not content with the SNP playing politics with passenger safety, I’m sad to say Angus was definitely playing politics with the truth too last night in Cambridge.”
Following the suicide bombing in Manchester last week, Mr Cortes has written to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, asking them to reconsider their decision to downgrade the policing of our railways and railway stations.
Mr Cortes added: “If the plan to devolve BTP into Police Scotland is not given a stay of execution before the Bill goes before Holyrood, far from protecting policing in Scotland, the SNP will be responsible for snuffing it out.”