Kezia makes pres­ence felt in Kelly’s camp

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale paid a third visit to the Ruther­glen con­stituency on Satur­day.

Ms Dug­dale once again met vot­ers on the Main Street as she showed sup­port for can­di­date James Kelly.

The visit was an­other clear in­di­ca­tion that Labour have ear­marked Ruther­glen as a key bat­tle­ground in the elec­tion.

With the SNP fly­ing high in the polls, con­stituency wins for Labour are likely to be thin on the ground.

But Ms Dug­dale was in bouyant mood dur­ing her lat­est trip, us­ing it to re­it­er­ate her party’s com­mit­ment to set­ting a 50 per cent top rate of tax for those earn­ing over £150,000.

She said:“It was great to join James on Ruther­glen Main Street on Satur­day, high­light­ing our plan to stop the cuts and in­vest in ed­u­ca­tion. It’s clear he’s lead­ing a strong cam­paign fo­cused on lo­cal is­sues.”

Turn­ing her at­ten­tion to the key is­sue of tax, she said:“To­day I am out­lin­ing the three pri­or­i­ties that must de­fine the next Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, and will guide the next Labour Scot­tish Govern­ment.

“Those pri­or­i­ties are sim­ple – tax the rich, in­vest in ed­u­ca­tion to grow the econ­omy and stop the cuts to pub­lic ser­vices.

“Labour will use the pow­ers to ask the top one per cent to pay the most and stop the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment act­ing as a con­veyor belt for Tory aus­ter­ity.”

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