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Friday 25th
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

Corbyn targets SNP-held seats with pledge to halt cuts

JEREMY CORBYN said yesterday that Labour will end austerity speaking in Glasgow as he vowed to tackle inequality head-on.

The Labour leader outlined plans to build more housing and improve pay as he visited a housing association.

Mr Corbyn is heading to marginal constituencies in Scotland over the next five days, targeting seats where the Scottish National Party (SNP) has small majorities.

He has spent the summer in campaign mode, speaking to thousands of voters across Britain. He met workers at Harris Tweed in the Hebrides on Wednesday when he outlined Labour’s plan for rural areas.

Labour analysis revealed that 60,000 people in Glasgow would benefit from a rise in the living wage.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale joined Mr Corbyn and said: “Scotland needs a pay rise, that’s why Labour wants a real living wage of £10 an hour.

“That change would benefit 130,000 young people across Scotland, and 66,000 workers in Glasgow.

“The Tories and the SNP have let Scotland down. A Labour government will build a Scotland for the many.”

Scotland is seen as key to delivering success for Labour in the next general election. June’s poll saw the party perform better than expected winning seven seats.

Speaking at a rally yesterday evening, Mr Corbyn said: “Labour is the only party that will end austerity across the UK. We will help pay for that by ending the tax giveaways to the super-rich and big business.

“Here in Glasgow poverty blights far too many lives and far too many children’s lives.

“There are huge endemic health problems and poverty and inequality continues to blight the lives of too many in the city.

“We are committed to a comprehensive approach to ending this national shame.

“Labour will improve and increase housing provision, invest in our people and communities, increase pay at work and improve working conditions, create jobs and protect our most vulnerable people.”