A dispute between council leaders and unions has seen some areas of Scotland, together with Edinburgh, confronted with garbage piled up within the streets as employees went on strike.
Enterprise Secretary Mr Rees-Mogg advised the Home of Commons that “as an administration turns from Conservative to socialist the garbage piles up within the streets, as I believe it’s additionally been doing with the SNP in Edinburgh”.
SNP chief whip Owen Thompson hit again, saying on Twitter: “(Mr Rees-Mogg) thinks Edinburgh is an SNP led council… hate to inform him its a Labour/Tory partnership.”
The Conservatives supported Labour to take management of the Metropolis of Edinburgh Council earlier this 12 months.
The Conference of Scottish Native Authorities (Cosla), which is made up of Scotland’s native authorities, has been in talks with unions about ending the waste assortment strikes.
The row over the strikes has seen critics blame varied authorities, together with Edinburgh council, the Scottish Authorities, and council leaders who make up Cosla, which incorporates the SNP, Labour and Conservatives.
Mr Rees-Mogg was talking within the Commons as he outlined the Authorities’s plans to assist companies with the rising price of power.
SNP enterprise spokesperson Stephen Flynn criticised the Enterprise Secretary for asserting the plans earlier than bringing them to the Commons for scrutiny, and he referenced an image of Mr Rees-Mogg which seems to indicate him on the street filming a clip explaining the coverage which was later posted on social media.
Mr Flynn mentioned: “Isn’t it nice to see the Secretary of State on this Home somewhat than standing on the street filming a press release to the general public surrounded by boarded-up outlets and garbage.
“What an edifying spectacle for a person who believes within the pre-eminence of this right here Parliament.”
He requested how a lot the Authorities’s power package deal would price, if massive corporations like Amazon would profit from “a scheme that’s going to constructed on the again of public-sector borrowing”, and if he can clarify to “energy-rich Scotland” why “Westminster has failed us so terribly badly”.
Mr Rees-Mogg responded: “He refers to garbage within the streets of Westminster and I’d level out to him that as quickly as an administration turns from Conservative to socialist the garbage piles up within the streets, as I believe it’s additionally been doing with the SNP in Edinburgh.”
Met with protestations from the SNP benches, Mr Rees-Mogg continued, saying “this scheme is honest to taxpayers”, including there could be a evaluation in three months “to make sure the assist goes to these individuals who want it most”.
SNP chief whip Mr Thompson tweeted: “So @Jacob_Rees_Mogg thinks Edinburgh is an SNP led council… hate to inform him its a Labour/Tory partnership.”
The MP added a facepalm emoji.