Penny Mordaunt mocks SNP over ‘quest for total incompetence’ in Commons takedown | Politics | News

January 11, 2024
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Penny Mordaunt mocked the SNP over a fragment of the Stone of Destiny found at the party’s headquarters.

Recently released Scottish Government documents revealed that Alex Salmond was given a chip said to come from the historic artefact, also known as the Stone of Scone, in 2008.

The former Scottish first minister then said he no longer had the piece sparking questions over its whereabouts, but it has since been confirmed to be in a cupboard at the SNP‘s HQ.

The Commons leader ridiculed her SNP counterpart Deidre Brock over the stone at business questions this morning.

Speaking in the Commons, Ms Mordaunt said: “I’m delighted that part of the Stone of Destiny has been now recovered from SNP HQ.

“I’m sure this is a great relief to all members. It is easy to lose things, I know, like a couple of billion quid from your budget.

“But I’m sorry to hear they have taken as much care of it as they have as the stewards of Scotland’s public services.

“Happily the tupperare container it was stored in has protected it during its stay and the police raids on that premises.

“I would join with my Scottish colleagues in encouraging the SNP to find a more suitable home for it.”

Sharing a clip of the Commons moment on social media platform X, Ms Mordaunt added: “In their quest for total incompetence, the SNP leaves no stone unturned.”

The Stone of Destiny was used in ceremonies to crown Scottish monarchs until it was taken to Westminster Abbey in London as war loot by King Edward I.

A group of independence-supporting students removed the 152kg stone in 1950, with the fragment said to have been created then.

It has been housed at Edinburgh Castle since 1996, but is due to be moved to Perth Museum later this year.

The Tories have called for the chip given to Mr Salmond to be put on display alongside the rest of the stone.

The SNP insisted its provenance has not been completely established but that it has been held securely and never considered lost.



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