Sar­war turns his fire on Nic

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ANAS Sar­war started his Scot­tish Labour lead­er­ship cam­paign in the heart of Ni­cola Stur­geon’s con­stituency last night.

The Glas­gow MSP said he was “park­ing his tank” in the south side of the city to high­light years of fail­ure in tack­ling poverty.

Sar­war said: “De­spite be­ing a Glas­gow MSP, de­spite rep­re­sent­ing one of the poor­est com­mu­ni­ties in our coun­try, Ni­cola Stur­geon’s SNP have presided over £400mil­lion of cuts to this city.

“Half of the chil­dren in this con­stituency are de­prived. That is a na­tional dis­grace.

“And yet Ni­cola Stur­geon re­fuses to use the pow­ers we have to help them.

“Our plans to top up child ben­e­fit would be worth mil­lions of pounds to fam­i­lies in this city, but she fails to act. That is why we are park­ing our tanks on Ni­cola Stur­geon’s lawn.”

The rally fol­lowed a row over union recog­ni­tion at Sar­war’s fam­ily firm in the city. The politi­cian is a mi­nor­ity share­holder at United Whole­sale Scot­land and says he takes no ac­tive role in busi­ness de­ci­sions.

United Whole­sale re­vealed that no union have ap­proached the own­ers for recog­ni­tion.

A spokesman said: “United Whole­sale have many staff mem­bers who are mem­bers, or are af­fil­i­ated with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent trade unions.

“We as a com­pany would wel­come any trade union recog­ni­tion, how­ever to date, no union have con­tacted us for such recog­ni­tion. We would wel­come dis­cus­sions if they did.”

OPEN­ING DOORS Sar­war at his cam­paign HQ in Glas­gow yes­ter­day. Pic: An­drew Mil­li­gan/PA

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