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SNP Will Put Fight Against Westminster Cuts at Heart of Election

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Choice between Tory cuts or Labour cuts is no choice at all

Stephen Flynn has pledged “the SNP will put the fight against Westminster cuts at the centre of our election campaign” – as the Labour Party admits it will continue deep Tory austerity cuts.

The SNP Westminster Leader said “the SNP’s strong opposition to Westminster austerity cuts will be a clear dividing line between the SNP and the Tory-Labour Westminster establishment at this election – alongside our firm commitment to EU membership, more powers for the Scottish Parliament, and a choice over Scotland’s future”.

It comes as Rachel Reeves admitted in The Times the Labour Party would continue Tory plans to impose significant real terms cuts to public spending for years to come, having also abandoned a commitment to properly invest in renewable energy.

Analysis by the IFG suggests a continuation of the real-terms cuts set out in the autumn statement could mean cuts of 3.4% for unprotected departments – slashing public spending in Scotland.

In a separate interview published in The Observer, Sir Keir Starmer said a Labour government wouldn’t redistribute wealth from the richest to the poorest.

Asked by Anushka Athana whether he will tax the super-rich and redistribute it to the poorest, Starmer said “no”.

And, in a BBC interview on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, Starmer admitted the Labour Party has broken its pledge to properly invest in renewable energy.

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Stephen Flynn MP said:

“The SNP will put the fight against Westminster cuts at the centre of our election campaign – because a choice between damaging Tory cuts or damaging Labour cuts is no choice at all.

“Voting SNP is the only way to make Scotland Tory-free – and it’s the best defence against another decade of Westminster cuts to public services and the economy.

“The SNP is the only party championing the investment needed to protect our NHS and boost economic growth.

“Our strong opposition to cuts will be a clear dividing line between the SNP and the Tory-Labour Westminster establishment at this election – alongside our commitment to EU membership, more powers for the Scottish Parliament, and a choice over Scotland’s future.

“By copying the Tories on cuts, just as they did on Brexit, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has made a catastrophic error and shown the SNP is the only party standing up for Scotland’s values and interests.”

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