Killen out to make an is­sue of tax rate

Rutherglen Reformer - - General Election - Dou­glas Dickie

Ger­ard Killen, Scot­tish Labour can­di­date for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, has chal­lenged his SNP op­po­nent to back a 50p rate of in­come tax.

Mr Killen ac­cused the SNP of “hypocrisy”and said they had “U-turned re­peat­edly on the pro­gres­sive rate of tax­a­tion”.

Labour is propos­ing a 50p rate of tax for those earn­ing over £150,000 which they say would see more money raised for pub­lic ser­vices.

Mr Killen said Mar­garet Fer­rier, who is de­fend­ing the seat for the SNP, cared more about in­de­pen­dence than be­ing anti-aus­ter­ity.

He said:“Mar­garet Fer­rier’s party likes to talk about be­ing prin­ci­pled on pub­lic ser­vices – yet all we hear from them is about in­de­pen­dence. The SNP love to take po­si­tions on things like the 50p rate of tax when cam­paign­ing, but it’s just ex­cuses when they’re in power.

“If they re­ally wanted to in­vest in pub­lic ser­vices they’d have used their last decade in govern­ment to do it.

“The race here is go­ing to be close. The only way to stop the SNP in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang is to vote Labour.”

Re­spond­ing, Ms Fer­rier said:“The SNP has been con­sis­tent on the 50p top rate of tax. We sup­port its im­ple­men­ta­tion across the whole of the UK and that con­tin­ues to be the case. The Scot­tish Govern­ment has taken ex­pert ad­vice on rais­ing the rate in Scot­land only, which sug­gested that it could pos­si­bly lead to less tax be­ing col­lected due to tax flight and avoid­ance.

“The SNP Scot­tish Govern­ment’s po­si­tion re­mains un­der ob­ser­va­tion and is sub­ject to an an­nual re­view process.

“This is in sharp con­trast with Scot­tish Labour’s ir­re­spon­si­ble po­si­tion on tax­a­tion which would see the ba­sic rate in­creased for all in­come tax pay­ers - in­clud­ing the very low­est paid work­ers.

“This boomerang attack from Mr Killen shows ex­actly why it’s only the SNP who can be trusted on tax­a­tion at this elec­tion.”

Chal­lenge Ger­ard Killen

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