‘Massive’ investment for Scotland if a Labour government is elected

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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7 thoughts on “‘Massive’ investment for Scotland if a Labour government is elected

  1. Joan Edington

    “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”.

    I’m not sure what this means Mike. The anti-Tory vote in Scotland is SNP, Labour, Greens and LibDems. What difference does his trying to take SNP seats make? One anti-Tory MP for another anti-Tory MP. Actually, if Labour take SNP votes, that gives the Tories a greater chance since, in most constituencies, Labour will not take that seat.

    As an aside, does Corbyn have a clue of what Scotland was like under the Labour/LibDem early years of devolution? In Labour’s last year of power they managed to build 6, yes a massive 6, social houses. The SNP have been building 10s of thousands a year.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      In 2017 Scottish voters were split between the SNP and Labour in some seats, allowing Conservatives to take them even though the anti-Tory vote (the combination of Labour and SNP votes) was more.

      And please don’t give us any of that tactical voting nonsense, that Labour can’t take any seats held by the SNP. The SNP took those seats when they were Labour-held so the opposite is also entirely possible.

      1. ELIZABETH

        My comment is about GCC, also to Nicola Sturgeon, has anyone else noticed the Dog fouling bins have mysteriously vanished? with them paying back pay to council workers act, cordial n schools, the city chambers are out like thieves in the night, removing these bins, now I’m seeing more dog fouling on pavements l actually slid on dog pooh last week, and the disabled and elderly who get garden maintenance 7 cuts in season now dropped to 3 this year, l phoned the council and was advised to put poster on my garden gate saying CCTV in operation no dog fouling, l actually thought she was Joking, l stayed no way, l stay myself, so the principle was they wanted me to do they’re Job,, so angry, need to view city centre Glasgow to see if the wee cigarette men are still patrolling the streets? My guess would be yes, because theres money to be made, but no longer cleaner Glasgow, now Dog shit city

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Would that be your comment about dog fouling? I’ve had it and approved it. I don’t know why it would seem to you that it had disappeared.

  2. Jim

    In 2015, Scots sent 56 SNP MPs to Westminster (out of a possible 59) and we still got a Conservative Government. To make matters worse, Ed Miliband said that, even in the event of a hung Parliament, he would not enter into a coalition with the SNP.

    Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn told Scots we couldn’t have another referendum in his first term (can’t remember his exact words) and then misquoted FM Nicola Sturgeon – by only quoting one small piece of her full statement.

    He then compounded his failure to understand Scots by resurrecting the lie that the SNP enabled Thatcher’s rise to power, when in fact James Callaghan stated – in his memoirs – that Labour MPs themselves caused the loss to the Tories.

    Labour in Scotland betrayed us by standing with the Tories to lie to us about the ‘dangers’ of Scottish Independence – even going so far as to tell pensioners that their pensions would not be safe if Scots voted for Independence.

    It is no surprise that support for Labour is plummeting north of the border – and deservedly so.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Okay, most of what you say is not true.

      In 2015, Scots actually sent 59 MPs, out of a possible 59 in Scotland, to Westminster. I think you meant Scots sent 56 SNP MPs. You will never get an SNP government in Westminster. Yes, Ed Miliband said he would not go into coalition with the SNP. As leader of one of the main UK political parties, his aim was to win the election outright. Also, did you not see all the false Tory advertising about Mr Miliband being in Nicola Sturgeon’s pocket? The nonsense did serious harm, which is why they’re trying it again.

      No, Mr Corbyn did not tell Scots they can’t have another referendum in his first term. They can have it after the next Scottish Parliament election, which isn’t very far away, if I recall correctly.

      The SNP did indeed enable Mrs Thatcher’s rise to power, by calling the vote of ‘no confidence’ in Mr Callaghan’s Labour government that overthrew it and led to the 1979 general election. That doesn’t mean Callaghan is wrong to say that Labour MPs caused the loss to the Tories in that election, because it’s a different thing.

      Labour didn’t stand with the Tories in the run-up to the independence referendum; Labour stood against Scottish independence. I know Scottish nationalists like to run the two parties together on that but it is a falsehood. Regarding pensions – as the referendum produced a result in favour of staying in the union, we won’t know whether those pensions would have been unsafe or not.

      If support for Labour north of the border is falling, it is a shame that it may be due to such a shallow and shabby set of lies.

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