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‘We shouldn't have hungry children in Scotland in 2018’ — Corbyn

SCOTLAND “shouldn’t have hungry children in 2018,” Jeremy Corbyn has said ahead of his visit today to a council-run holiday meal scheme.

The Labour leader said Holyrood “desperately needs” a Labour government, which would unlock the potential of devolution.

Mr Corbyn is on a tour of Scotland, accompanied by the party’s Scottish leader Richard Leonard.

He will visit the North Ayrshire council scheme that feeds children following a campaign rally in Midlothian last night.

He said: “Holiday hunger is unacceptable; we simply shouldn’t have hungry children in Scotland in 2018. The system is broken.

“It can’t be managed more humanely as the SNP claims to do. It must be overhauled in the interests of the many not the few.”

Mr Leonard said his party would end cuts to councils, increase NHS funding and add £5 a week to child benefit.

“I campaigned for a Scottish Parliament 20 years ago with the hope it would allow us to deliver radical change,” he said.

“Instead, the past decade has been marked by a nationalist government passing Tory austerity to Scottish communities, with £1.5 billion worth of cuts since 2011.”

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