Scottish Labour has stated it should “by no means” assist independence because it launched its manifesto for subsequent month’s common election.
Talking on the occasion in Edinburgh, chief Kezia Dugdale gave a “cast-iron assure” that her social gathering will oppose a second referendum.
She accused the SNP of prioritising independence over training and well being.
And he or she stated Scotland was already divided sufficient – and didn’t need or want one other “divisive” referendum.
Holding aloft her social gathering manifesto, she informed the gathering: “In these 120 pages you’ll discover our forged iron assure that we are going to oppose a second independence referendum.
“The Labour Get together, constructed on solidarity and co-operation, might by no means assist taking our nation down a divisive path like that once more – our nation is split sufficient.”
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The manifesto states that Scotland would face a £15bn deficit if the UK have been to be “torn aside”, which it says would harm the poorest and most susceptible in society.
It goes on to say: “The SNP must respect the decision of the vast majority of Scots in 2014 and abandon its divisive plan to re-run the referendum.
“It must get on with the day job and reverse the cuts being inflicted on Scotland’s public providers. Scottish Labour won’t ever assist independence, as a result of we imagine that collectively we’re stronger.”
The manifesto additionally includes a sequence of pledges aimed toward delivering “transformative change” in Scotland – a lot of that are the accountability of the Scottish Parliament reasonably than Westminster.
- commitments to deliver ahead Member’s Payments on banning MSPs from holding paid second jobs
- extending breakfast golf equipment into each main college
- banning onshore fracking
- enhancing entry to sanitary merchandise to sort out “interval poverty”
- and scrapping the Offensive Behaviour at Soccer Act.
Its insurance policies on reserved points largely mirror these set out within the social gathering’s UK manifesto final week – together with on Trident.
Whereas Scottish Labour is against Trident, the Scottish manifesto features a dedication to assist the renewal of the UK’s nuclear weapons, explaining it’s because defence is a reserved challenge
Ms Dugdale singled out Labour’s dedication to introduce a £10 per hour dwelling wage by 2020 because the coverage with probably the most potential to rework the nation.
There are 467,000 Scots in work who earn lower than the dwelling wage for the time being, Ms Dugdale stated, two-thirds of whom are feminine.
Ms Dugdale stated: “It is a manifesto within the best traditions of the Labour motion, and it begins with some quite simple ideas.
“Energy and wealth in our nation are concentrated in too few palms, and for Scotland to succeed each one in every of us has to do effectively.
“And regardless of the challenges which can be thrown at us we’re higher tackling them collectively as a result of collectively we’re stronger.”
Labour simply one of many 59 seats in Scotland on the final common election in 2015 because it misplaced 40 seats to the SNP.
However Ms Dugdale informed voters that her social gathering supplied them a “clear alternative” and the chance to “reject the divisive insurance policies of the SNP and the Tories”, who she stated have been nonetheless appearing just like the “nasty social gathering” below Theresa Might.
She stated: “You’ll be able to reject a second independence referendum and exhausting Brexit and you may vote for a constructive and hopeful plan for Scotland and the UK.”
And he or she urged individuals who wish to “break the maintain that nationalism has on our politics” to assist her social gathering, which she stated was the one one that would defeat the SNP in Scotland and the Conservatives throughout the UK.
Evaluation by Philip Sim, BBC Scotland political reporter
Scottish Labour launched their 2017 manifesto in the identical constructing they launched their 2016 Holyood manifesto in, contributing considerably to the sense of déjà vu surrounding the nation’s seemingly perpetual election marketing campaign.
The manifesto too was broadly acquainted, sticking largely to the insurance policies specified by Jeremy Corbyn’s UK-wide platform.
This was true proper right down to the problem of Trident, which Scottish Labour truly voted in opposition to at a current convention; Kezia Dugdale defined that this was as a result of it was a reserved matter, which means the UK social gathering’s place took priority.
Scottish manifestos for UK-wide elections often stroll a dizzying tightrope between devolved and reserved points, so this type of confusion is way from unusual.
Elsewhere, opposition to a second independence referendum was relegated to web page 100, however nonetheless featured prominently in Ms Dugdale’s speech, as it should within the social gathering’s campaigning throughout the nation.
Once more, if this all sounds reasonably acquainted, it is as a result of it was. However with Scotland heading to the polls for the seventh time in simply over three years, the primary coverage positions of the foremost events are fairly well-known. Whether or not the election produces a special consequence to these different current polls stays to be seen.
Scottish Labour’s give attention to its opposition to independence comes as each the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives have sought to outline the election as a two-horse race between their events.
The Tories, who squeezed Ms Dugdale’s social gathering into third place in the newest Holyrood and council elections, have repeatedly led their campaigning on a hardline message of opposing one other referendum.
Labour’s UK manifesto additionally confirmed it opposed an independence referendum regardless of chief Jeremy Corbyn beforehand saying it will be flawed for Westminster to dam a vote if the Scottish Parliament known as for one.
Writing within the manifesto foreword, Mr Corbyn stated independence would inflict “turbo-charged austerity on the Scottish individuals”, and stated that nationalism doesn’t provide hope or options to society’s issues.
The Scottish Conservatives launched their manifesto final week, with the SNP attributable to do the identical on Tuesday.
Response to the manifesto launch
With Labour supporting a rise in some taxes – together with 1p on the essential fee of earnings tax in Scotland – SNP deputy chief Angus Robertson criticised “Kezia Dugdale’s want to hit the poorest in our society with a bumper tax invoice”.
Mr Robertson stated: “Labour can’t faux to assist peculiar employees when on the identical time they wish to hit them with a recent tax bombshell – one thing even the UK Labour social gathering have averted.”
Claiming Labour was at “sixes and sevens” over tax, Trident and Brexit, Mr Robertson stated solely a vote for the SNP might “maintain the Tories out of Scotland”.
In the meantime, the Scottish Conservatives launched a “file” which they are saying supplies proof “variety of Labour candidates standing subsequent month are backers of the Sure marketing campaign”.
Scottish Conservative candidate John Lamont, stated: “Kezia Dugdale and Jeremy Corbyn can’t be trusted on the union – the document speaks for itself.
“Labour could faux that it opposes a second referendum on independence, however not solely do a sequence of candidates for subsequent month say the exact opposite, Corbyn himself has stated he is ‘completely wonderful’ with it.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat chief Willie Rennie stated: “The large drawback for Labour is that they voted with the Conservatives for an excessive exhausting Brexit.
“They’ve joined UKIP in giving up on the only market. They’d be devastating for Scottish jobs.”