14 October 2019

Nicola Sturgeon is preparing to vote against Labour’s plan to transform Scotland with £70 billion of investment into public services and the economy, Richard Leonard has warned.

The Scottish Labour leader said Scotland would lose out on "probably the most radical policy programme offered to the people of Scotland since 1945", with 120,000 council and social homes, a £10 an hour Real Living Wage and £6 billion of investment to retrofit homes and create green jobs, unless Labour MPs are returned in next month’s election.

On Wednesday night First Minister Ms Sturgeon told the BBC that the SNP would not support a UK Labour government unless it agreed to a Section 30 order on her own timetable.

Labour has ruled out granting such an order.

Mr Leonard said: “Over the past two weeks, Scottish Labour has made the case for a radical policy programme for real change to transform Scotland’s economy and communities, putting power and resources in the hands of the many.

“We have announced the building of 120,000 new council and social homes - creating at least 50,000 jobs. "We will create 35,000 new jobs with our £6 billion programme to retrofit homes to the highest energy efficiency standards.

“We also want to increase investment in social care by 25 per cent and establish a Scottish Care Service which will bring dignity back to care workers and care users alike. "We want to eliminate child poverty and increase maternity pay.

“And under Labour, every worker, including young workers, will be paid at least a £10 an hour Real Living Wage. "This will also be the basis of our Minimum Student Income in Scotland, which will ensure full-time undergraduates and - for the first time ever - further education students receive at least £9,500 each year.

“But all this is under threat from Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, who are saying they would be prepared to vote down a Labour government. "It is clearer than ever that there is no shortcut to a Labour government through the SNP. "The only way to ensure Boris Johnson’s Tories are replaced with a transformative Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn is to return Scottish Labour MPs at the general election.”

Scottish Labour is challenging small SNP majorities across the country: including a 60-vote margin in Glasgow South West, 75 in Glasgow East, 195 in Airdrie and Shotts, 318 in Motherwell and Wishaw and 384 in Inverclyde.

Mr Leonard added: “The people of Scotland can vote for SNP candidates who are threatening to vote a transformative Labour government out of office, or Labour MPs who will ensure investment and transformation in Scotland.

"This is probably the most radical policy programme offered to the people of Scotland since 1945.

"When Labour wins, Scotland wins.”
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