15 October 2019

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's conference address, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“Scottish Labour wants to end the constitutional crisis, not create another one.

The last thing our communities need is more division and uncertainty, but that is exactly what Nicola Sturgeon is proposing.

“The SNP’s plans for independence could result in a hard border between Scotland and England which would cost jobs, hurt our public services and divide families.

“While the SNP seek to exploit division, Labour is focussed on uniting people.

“That’s why Scottish Labour wants to remain in - and reform - both the UK and the EU.”

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's comments regarding charges for social care, Scottish Labour's health spokesperson, Monica Lennon MSP, said:

"At the 2016 election Scottish Labour committed to removing charges for social care at home and while it’s good Nicola Sturgeon has come round to the idea, this can’t become an another SNP conference empty promise.

"Under the SNP, Scotland’s local authorities have faced brutal budget cuts which have left vulnerable and low-income people with social care costs they can ill-afford.

"If SNP Ministers are really serious they would fund the removal of these charges now and set out a sustainable long-term plan for social care.”
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