JEREMY CORBYN urged Scottish voters to reject “Tory and SNP austerity” and instead elect a Labour government “for the many, not the few” at a rally in Glasgow last night.
Returning to Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, where he addressed huge crowds during the first Labour leadership contest, Mr Corbyn accused the SNP of “passing on Tory austerity without putting up a fight.”
By contrast Labour will “transform our economy through investment and development” and end “tax breaks for the richest and big business,” he said.
Mr Corbyn told the hundreds at the rally that the SNP is “obsessed” with securing another independence referendum, while Labour is on the side of the majority of Scots who don’t want a second referendum.
He pledged to end the Tories’ ruinous austerity programme and “work to eliminate child poverty” so that children from poor areas such as Easterhouse and Possilpark have the same life chances as those from more affluent areas.
Labour’s mission is to wipe out “shameful health inequalities” in Glasgow and in every other city across Britain, he said, promising to “ensure that Scotland has the resources it requires to provide the public services people need.”
The Labour leader warned that under the Tories working families were now £1,400 a year worse off, and said Labour’s plans to introduce a £10 an hour minimum wage would directly benefit half a million Scots, while plans to scrap zero-hours contracts would help 60,000 working people in Scotland “craving secure work.”
He said: “We don’t have to accept the politics of division and austerity. Things can, and they will, change under a Labour government for the many not the few.”
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon will set out her party’s manifesto tomorrow, which she argues will free up £118 billion of public investment and pose a “credible alternative” to the Tories and Labour.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Ms Sturgeon said that both the Tories’ and Labour’s economic plans had “unravelled” under scrutiny from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
She branded Labour plans to raise taxes on the richest as “reckless” but warned that a vote for the Tories was “a vote for more cuts.”