Ruth Davidson is ‘complicit’ in the abhorrent rape clause policy that came into effect one year ago, Labour said today.
The Scottish Tory leader and her MPs have failed to speak up for women and persuade the Prime Minister to abandon a policy that has been condemned across the political spectrum.
The rape clause was introduced by the Conservatives on April 6, 2017, as part of measures to limit Child Tax Credit to two children. It forces women who have conceived a child as a result of rape to fill out an eight-page form to claim tax credits if it’s the woman’s third child.
Last year, Kezia Dugdale used a Holyrood debate to read out the powerful and moving testimony from a woman who conceived a child following rape.
“On the first anniversary of the abhorrent rape clause, we should all reflect on the heart-breaking reality of this Conservative policy.
“It is absolutely sickening that Ruth Davidson continues to remain silent about the rape clause, despite supposedly having influence in Downing Street. She is complicit in the continuation of this vile policy.
“Ruth Davidson tries to pretend to Scots that she’s a different type of Tory – but this is the Nasty Party at its worst.
“Labour will end the abhorrent rape clause across the UK.”
Read Kezia Dugdale’s speech to Parliament on the rape clause here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10906
Labour’s 2017 General Election manifesto stated: “The cuts to work allowances in Universal Credit (UC), and the decision to limit tax credit and UC payments to the first two children in a family, are an attack on low-income families and will increase child poverty.
“Labour will reform and redesign UC, ending six-week delays in payment and the ‘rape clause’.”