Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie is in support of Which magazine’s UK-wide ‘Watchdog not Lapdog’ campaign and wants the new consumer regulator — the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) — to be strong, open and proactive.
The MP – a Member of the Treasury Select Committee – has previously called for the Financial Services Bill, currently being considered by parliament, to be reviewed to ensure that the Financial Conduct Authority is equipped with strong ‘powers and sanctions’.
Stewart said: “I have been contacted by a number of constituents who have joined the campaign by Which magazine and I am happy to tell them that I am a supporter.
“Like them, I am concerned that the new regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority – should be an open regulator that stands up to the banks and promotes competition.
“I agree that the FCA should issue fines big enough to act as deterrents and be able to promote competition by making sure financial products are transparent, simple to compare and easy to switch between.
“It is also important that the new regulator is proactive and addresses issues before they become problems and is able to tackle dodgy financial products and misleading adverts. Lessons must be learnt from the Payment Protection Insurance miss-selling scandal.
“I am happy to add my name to the Which campaign to adopt MILO, a financial watchdog that will be a consumer watchdog not an industry lapdog.”
“Westminster’s catastrophic regulatory and supervisory failures and the last Labour government’s age of irresponsibility must not be repeated.
“The failure of regulation was ‘made in Downing Street’ – numbers 10 and 11.
“With the Financial Services Bill still before parliament we must take the opportunity to ensure that the new Financial Conduct Authority has both the powers and the sanctions to deal with this sort of abuse.”