‘BAIRNS NOT BOMBS’ AS SCOTLAND PASSES LANDMARK LEGISLATION
 
The SNP has said the UK government’s announcement of a massive increase in its stockpile of nuclear weapons on the same day that the Scottish Parliament voted to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into law tells “a tale of two governments.”
 
The Scottish Government passed the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill today, which means public authorities will be bound by law to uphold the rights of children and young people under the age of 18
 
On the same day, it was revealed that the Tory government at Westminster plans to expand the stockpile of nuclear weapons by 40% – just two months after the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons came into effect.
 
SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said: 
 
“This landmark legislation – one of the most important pieces of legislation since devolution – will deliver a fundamental shift in the way children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland. 
 
“Today has shown a stark contrast between an SNP government committed to protecting and enhancing the rights of every single person who lives here – and a Tory government at Westminster increasing Britain’s stockpile of nuclear weapons held on Scottish soil. 
 
“Unlike Boris Johnson’s Tories – who have their priorities all wrong – we want to play a constructive role in the international community, upholding the values of human rights, equality and democracy.
 
“This election comes down to the issue of what kind of country Scotland wants to be – one which puts bairns before bombs, protects the rights of our citizens and gives every child the best start in life, or one which spends billions of pounds prioritising weapons of mass destruction on our shores. 


“Scotland’s future must be in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.