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Jeremy Corbyn has launched a campaign for Labour to win back the confidence of Scottish voters with a promise of “massive” investment.

In a clear challenge to the SNP, which has dominated Scottish politics since the Conservatives came back into office in 2010, he said:

“We will build the homes people need and end homelessness, tackle the climate emergency, provide a social care system that gives dignity to our older people and the carers who look after them, end child poverty and end fuel poverty.

“The SNP and the Tories have neither the ideas or the will to transform Scotland for the better, so are hiding from their records in government.

“This is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform Scotland and the whole UK. When Labour wins, Scotland wins.”

Mr Corbyn was set to reveal details of his plan while visiting Scotland today (Wednesday).

Boris Johnson has already reverted to the scaremongering tactics of the 2015 and 2017 elections, claiming that an alliance between Mr Corbyn and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon would be bad for the UK (with no evidence to support his words, as usual).

But Mr Corbyn’s aggressive stance suggests he is trying to win back large numbers of Scotland’s Westminster Parliamentary seats for Labour.

His aim appears to be to ensure that the anti-Tory vote is not divided, as it was in 2017, allowing Conservatives to win Scottish seats.

And his support for another Scottish independence referendum is also likely to charm voters who have supported Scottish nationalists.

The SNP has had little to say after Mr Corbyn laid down his gauntlet – but that may change once the details become clear.

That party’s lukewarm offer on childcare is unlikely to win voters over, in the face of the promises to young people that Labour as already revealed.

Source: General election 2019: Corbyn pledges ‘massive’ Scottish investment – BBC News

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