Labor criticism of UK and Scottish governments focuses on public services – LabourList

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Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday that she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in October 2023. The First Minister has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the legality of the Scottish Government holding a consultative referendum without the permission of Westminster. If the decision is deemed illegal, Sturgeon said the SNP would make the next general election a “de facto referendum” by making independence the party’s only policy. Speaking to MSPs following Sturgeon’s statement, Anas Sarwar said: “The pandemic Nicola who said she wanted to take us through is gone, and the supporter Nicola Sturgeon who wants to divide our country is back, pursuing a referendum that two-thirds of Scots don’t have ‘I don’t want now.

The Scottish Labor leader highlighted the pressing issues currently facing the country, including an NHS waiting list of over 700,000 and a massive backlog of mental health appointments for children and young people. He accused the First Minister of reneging on her promise to focus on Scotland’s post-Covid recovery and said she had instead decided to “pit Scot against Scot and focus on her priority, her obsession and its purpose”. Lisa Nandy also denounced Sturgeon’s announcement during the broadcast this morning. Secretary Shadow Leveling Up said the Prime Minister had ‘a brass neck’ and said his plan had ‘nothing to do with the interests of Scotland’ but instead focused on the ‘interests of the SNP “.

The public services crisis is a major concern for Labor, both in Scotland and nationally. Nandy will soon deliver a speech at the Local Government Association (LGA) conference and is expected to warn that a ‘perfect storm’ is looming for essential public services. The Labor MP will demand the government take action in the face of growing cost pressures and will specifically call on her counterpart Michael Gove to meet with unions and employers to discuss how to ease the pressure on councils, stressing that the country’s ” doesn’t need a Shapps tribute act grant” (a reference to the Transport Secretary’s failure to act to avert the rail strikes last week).

write for work list Councilor Antonio Weiss last week argued that reviving public services must be at the heart of Labor’s offer to voters and outlined a five-point plan for how the party can achieve this goal. We also have an article by MP Liam Byrne, in which he argues that Labor must define a three-word plan with security at its heart. And regular contributor Morgan Jones wrote for us, discussing the emphasis on “being local” in parliamentary selections: “Is this an apolitical approach, where ideology can become subsidiary to more granular concerns? No one is worried that Lanarkshire-born Keir Hardie failed to understand the concerns of the people of Merthyr Tydfil, whom he represented in parliament as the first Labor MP.

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