Responding to the Prime Minister's decision to call an early General Election, Deidre Brock MP said:
"The election gives the public the chance to give their verdict on the UK Tory Government. Voters across Scotland will be able to make it clear what they think of the callous treatment Theresa May and her Government have handed out to people who are disadvantaged, poor or disabled. There has been a constant stream of bad policies and vindictive actions from the Government in London which have pushed people into poverty, damaged the prospects for Scottish businesses and hit at the fabric of society.
"When a working parent has to go and stand in the queue at a foodbank to feed their children there is a problem; when a disabled person loses the mobility help that got them out and about and able to find work it is inhumane; and when an EU citizen who has made their home here is told they are a pawn in the Brexiteers' Great Game of Chicken with the EU it is simply disgusting.
"A government that says "you can't get tax credits for your third child but you can get a tax cut on your third million" has a cheek to call itself a government at all; a government that spends billions of pounds on nuclear weapons but imposes sanctions on people who are a few minutes late to sign on isn't acting in society's interests.
"There will be people who try to make this election about who can be toughest - we should make sure that we make it about society standing together against the worst excesses and policy failures of a Tory Government that does not care what damage it does to communities the length and breadth of Scotland. We should make it about Scotland coming together to stand up for what we believe is best for our country."