Hyslop berates SNP council leader in Twitter spat over tourism tax

Fiona Hyslop said Adam McVey had no agreement with the Scottish government over plans for a tourist levyJAMES GLOSSOP FOR THE TIMES

A plan to tax visitors to Edinburgh has been dismissed by Scotland’s tourism secretary.

Fiona Hyslop took time out of her trip to Japan to condemn an announcement by Adam McVey, the SNP leader of Edinburgh council, that a tourist tax “will be ready for implementation” next summer.

She responded on Twitter: “So let’s be clear — you have no shared plans, no tourist business consultation and no agreement with the Scottish Gov.”

Mr McVey publicly challenged her on social media, insisting initial plans for the “transient visitor levy” (TVL) have been agreed by the council and that it is engaging with business. He acknowledged that the Scottish government has not agreed to legislate for a tourist tax but added the word “yet” with a…

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