Mackay’s Law

Disgraced MSPs who fail their constituents should not be allowed to waste taxpayers’ money.

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Mackay’s Law would kick out disgraced MSPs who let down their constituents. The Scottish Conservatives will introduce Mackay’s Law, named after the disgraced former SNP Finance Secretary, who was forced to resign on the day he was due to deliver his budget after dozens of inappropriate text messages to a teenage boy were published by a newspaper.

The ex-SNP MSP wasted thousands of pounds of public money. Derek Mackay never again appeared in Parliament after he was forced to resign. And yet he continued to receive his MSP salary and claim Parliamentary expenses, on top of additional funds he received as a result of standing down from the government. 

In the UK Parliament, there are rules for removing elected officials. The UK Parliament has clear rules around recall, allowing a by-election to take place in certain circumstances, but no such rules exist for MSPs. 

Mackay’s Law will give the public the power to remove failing MSPs. Mackay’s Law will allow the public to recall MSPs who have broken the law, grossly undermined trust or failed to contribute to Parliament for more than six months. 

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