The 30 Scottish Labour MPs That Voted For Osborne’s Welfare Cap


It almost seems another age, but it was only last weekend when they came to Perth. This was where our comrades in the Labour Party got back in touch with their ‘core’ Labour values, where the word ‘Socialism’ was banded about as if it had just been discovered and Blair had never existed.  The SNP were the party of ‘big business’ of ‘Osborne max’. Only these great tribunes of the people could rescue Scotland from the Tories that were everywhere in our midst – except in ‘Better Together’, obviously – where they actually work with them! So what did these ‘weekend socialists’ do when they returned to the day job at Westminster? Well, they voted with the Tories to put a cap on the amount of money the Government  can spend on the welfare budget. A callous, reprehensible and regressive measure that will once again disadvantage the poorest  in our communities. A stupid, crude, blunt instrument to hammer the poor. Way to go comrade.

As a service to you, here is the list of those ‘weekend socialists’ who voted with the Tories to cap the level of spending allocated to helping the poorest in our community. These are the ‘weekend socialist 30’. You can put them up there with the 10 bedroom tax skivers from last year.

Margaret Curran  – Glasgow East

Tom Greatrex – Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Ian Murray – Edinburgh South

Willie Bain – Glasgow North East

Gordon Banks – Ochil and South Perthshire

Tom Clarke – Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

Dame Anne Begg – Aberdeen South

Alistair Darling – Edinburgh South West

Ian Davidson – Glasgow South West

Thomas Docherty – Dunfermline and west Fife

Frank Doran – Aberdeen North

Gemma Doyle – West Dunbartonshire

Sheila Gilmore – Edinburgh East

David Hamilton – Midlothian

Tom Harris – Glasgow South

Jimmy Hood – Lanark and Hamilton East

Cathy Jamieson – Kilmarnock and Loudon

Mark Lazarowicz  – Edinburgh North and Leith

Gregg McClymont – Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

Anne McGuire – Stirling

Anne McKechin – Glasgow North

Iain McKenzie – Greeenock and Inverclyde

Grahame Morris – Livingston

Jim Murphy – East Renfrewshire

Pamela Nash – Airdrie and Shotts

Sandra Osborne – Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

John Robertson – Glasgow North West

Frank Roy – Motherwell and Wishaw

Lindsay Roy –  Glenrothes

Anas Sarwar – Glasgow Central

25 thoughts on “The 30 Scottish Labour MPs That Voted For Osborne’s Welfare Cap

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  2. tom k

    It’s not who voted for, the question should be why did the 30 (pieces of silver?)vote for the cap!

  3. Michael Marten

    Thank you for listing these, Mr Wishart. I have this evening written to my MP, Anne McGuire, asking her to explain why she voted to support the Tories. I’ll be blogging her reply at when it comes.

  4. Steve Connolly

    I don’t know why anyone finds this particularly surprising. After all, we are talking about a party which abstained en masse, when the ConDems changed the law retrospectively to validate their workfare program. The days when the Labour Party could be relied upon to support the poorest in society are long since gone. I asked my MP Jim Murphy over Facebook and via email to explain his party’s actions, and as you’d expect, my inbox remained empty!

  5. Catrìona

    It’s beyond me why Labour don’t just formally join the London coalition government, then the three shades of Toryism could work together to find the money to make Trident seem more affordable. Labour members must be so proud of their elected representatives. More proof that we are certainly Better Together.

  6. Dee ( sad man with no plan)

    I guess they’ve seen the books, as Labour themselves said when they left power, ‘ there’s no money left ‘ The welfare bill is huge. I may sound cynical but as I walked past my local pup, which I can’t afford to drink in by the way, ( and I’m employed ), In the front garden of the pup where the smokers go, ( can’t afford to smoke either) there was a guy on a mobile phone, smoking, with pint in hand, complaining to however was on the other end, that they have threatened to cut his welfare benefit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how the poor suffer.

    1. Steve Connolly

      Dee – how do you know that man on his mobile wasn’t having the one pint a week he allows himself, or maybe one of the five cigarettes a day he can afford? As for the phone, my contract is £12.50 per month, comparable to most PAYG plans. I maintain a mobile because I get net access, 250 free minutes of calls, 2000 free texts and am never out of touch for 40-50 jobs I apply for monthly.

      Too many smart arses making comments and passing judgements, when they are not in full command of the facts. Who do you think you are? What are you going to bitch about next – benefit claimants having TV’s, or pets? Are you a little bitter perhaps, that you are somehow unable to afford one pint in your local?

      Well as you’re fond of them, here’s a stereotypical comment I get all the time, edited slightly to suit your particular low income situation –


      Oh wait…not so easy is it?

  7. James Stenhouse

    Hi Pete, Good for you for naming and shaming the Labour MP’s who betrayed their roots. I see my MP, Gordon Banks, is amongst the names. I didn’t vote for him and I’ll be making sure that fact becomes well known. I’ll also be emailing him to ask him the reasons for his vote.

    I’m praying for independence on 18th September. The sooner we sever ties with Westminster the better in my view. What I don’t fully understand is why all of a sudden it has become almost a crime in some people’s eyes to claim any sort of benefit when we’re allowing banks and large corporations to avoid paying tax. I did hear that some hedge fund managers, who had a tax break in lay years budget, have recently donated almost £1.5 million to the Tory party. Is this sort of ‘corruption’ as commonplace as it seems to be these days?

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  9. joanna

    Thanks for this information and to Scotland generally for the wake up call that we need to stop wholesale surrender to the Tory ideology

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