Ousted MP backs Brexit

Har­ris de­fies Labour line

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The for­mer MP for Castlemilk, King’s Park and Croft­foot is set to take a lead­ing role in the Scot­tish cam­paign for the UK to leave the Euro­pean Union.

Tom Har­ris, who comes from King’s Park, an­nounced last week he is back­ing Brexit on June 23.

In do­ing so Mr Har­ris has gone against the po­si­tion of the Labour Party, who sup­port the UK’s con­tin­ued mem­ber­ship of the EU.

He has now been ap­pointed cam­paign di­rec­tor for the leave cam­paign in Scot­land.

Writ­ing in our sis­ter pa­per, the Daily Record last week, Mr Har­ris said: “The Labour Party has a long tra­di­tion of healthy scep­ti­cism when it comes to the EU.”

He added: “It’s true that most Labour MPs will be vot­ing for the UK to re­main part of the EU but Labour vot­ers them­selves are not as con­vinced and who can blame them?

“Ev­ery week the UK sends £350 mil­lion to the EU. Scot­land’s share is roughly a tenth of that: more than £1.5 bil­lion a year.

“Just think what that money could buy here in Scot­land – on schools, on our health ser­vice, re­pair­ing our roads – if it wasn’t be­ing sent into the black hole that is EU spend­ing.”

Speak­ing on im­mi­gra­tion, he said: “Let’s be ab­so­lutely clear: im­mi­gra­tion has done our coun­try a great deal of good, both eco­nom­i­cally and cul­tur­ally, and it will con­tinue to ben­e­fit us.

“But it has to be man­aged. That means wel­com­ing those who have the skills we need and won’t have to re­sort to liv­ing on ben­e­fits and it means tak­ing con­trol of our own bor­ders.”

Mr Har­ris also said leav­ing the EU would mean more pow­ers for Holy­rood and warned peo­ple against “scare sto­ries from the pro-EU cam­paign”.

Polls sug­gest the ref­er­en­dum re­sult is too close to call, al­though in Scot­land the ap­petite for stay­ing in the EU ap­pears to be far greater.

Mr Har­ris spent 14 years as a Labour MP be­fore los­ing his seat to the SNP’s Ste­wart McDon­ald last May.

Labour his a long tra­di­tion of scep­ti­cism

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