Sarwar turns his fire on Nic
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