Ruth Davidson toes Theresa May’s Tory party line by waffling about benefits : Daily Record.

The Scottish Conservative leader dodged the question about Scots army veterans being reliant on foodbanks after the Record exposed the scandal.

Ruth Davidson rolled out what is becoming the Tories’ stock response yesterday when challenged by the Record on the latest foodbank scandal.

Our reporter asked what her party would do about revelations in yesterday’s paper that an army of veterans are having to rely on handouts to survive.

But instead of tackling the issue directly, she rolled out the line used by Prime Minister Theresa May by saying there are “complex reasons” people struggle to scrape together cash to eat.

The head of a veterans’ charity hit back, saying the only reason was that they don’t have enough money.

The Record’s story exposed how veterans of conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan are relying on charity.

Argylls veteran Jim Kettles had to use foodbanks to survive (Photo: Daily Record)

We highlighted how former Argyll and ­Sutherland ­Highlanders private Jim Kettles, who served two tours in Northern Ireland, had turned to foodbanks.

The SNP blamed zero-hour, insecure employment and difficulties with benefits, the result of Tory austerity.

May first blamed “complex reasons” when she was grilled on the number of nurses using foodbanks.

And Davidson, who was a signaller in the ­Territorial Army between 2003 and 2006, said: “I might have been a reservist, but as a veteran, I think Theresa May is right – there are very complex reasons that people go to ­foodbanks.

Read More : Daily Record.



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