Scotland’s only Conservative MP was met by protesters as he launched a new foodbank.
Shouts of “shame on you” were heard from a group of anti-austerity campaigners gathered outside the Trussell Trust facility at the Apex Centre in Dumfries which was being opened by David Mundell.
The Scottish Secretary, who is the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, has previously questioned claims of a link between foodbank use and his party’s policy.
In February, he told Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee: ”The three issues that are most commonly raised in relation to foodbanks are sanctions, delays in benefit payments and low income. I do not accept that those three issues are welfare reform issues.”
The Trussell Trust said it is standard practice to invite the local MP to a foodbank opening.