Douglas the Despicable

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In 2017 Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross said in an interview that if he were to become Prime Minister his top priority wouldn’t be Increasing Health Care, Reducing Poverty, Creating Jobs or improving the lives of the people who elected him, his top priority would be to introduce tougher measures on Gypsy Travellers….

According to official figures 4,200 people identified themselves as Gypsy/Traveller in Scotland, but the Scottish Government estimates the traveller community actually comprises of 15,000 to 20,000 people.

During an interview Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross said that his number one priority were he prime minister for the day would be “tougher enforcement against Gypsy/Travellers”. 

On the 5th of July 2021 Douglas Ross got his wish when he voted in favour of the Conservatives Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which was passed by a majority, and will see new powers given to the Police in England and Wales to break up Gypsy encampments and confiscate goods and vehicles.

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