SCOTLAND’S latest left-wing electoral alliance Rise launched its Holyrood manifesto yesterday to challenge austerity and call for another independence referendum within the next Scottish parliament.
The party, which grew from the pro-independence movement, pledged a “living income” for unpaid carers, and a higher rate of tax on the wealthiest 1 per cent in Scotland.
It also vowed to be “100 per cent anti-austerity” and work with trade unions, workers and communities to resist Tory cuts.
Rise is fielding 40 candidates across Scotland, on a platform of a £10-an-hour minimum wage for public-sector workers, nationalising public transport and making buses and trains free.
Among the candidates is former SNP MSP Jean Urquhart, who left the nationalist party over its support for Nato, former SSP MSP Colin Fox and Cat Boyd, who co-founded the Radical Independence Campaign.
The party claims that the SNP is “deeply cautious” about independence and that Rise’s first major act at Holyrood would be to table a resolution calling for a second referendum within the next five years — with or without the consent of Westminster.