War of words on Europe

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and fel­low MSPs Neil Find­lay and Elaine Smith voted in favour of trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50.

Find­lay, who is back­ing Leonard to be leader, said: “I re­call the de­bate amongst Labour MSP col­leagues at the time of the Scot­tish Par­lia­men­tary vote on trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50.

“Anas ex­pressed the very same reser­va­tions as I did but in the end he voted to sup­port the SNP line which ef­fec­tively ig­nored the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

“I thought ig­nor­ing the re­sult of a demo­cratic ref­er­en­dum was the pre­serve of the SNP – not the Scot­tish Labour Party.” Mean­while, Leonard, the favour ite to win the lead­er­ship con­test, has un­veiled a raft of poli­cies to tackle child poverty.

They in­clude ex­tend­ing free school meals to in­clude pri­mary years four to seven, grants to help fam­i­lies pay for school uni­forms and end­ing the ex­emp­tion of pri­vate schools from non-do­mes­tic rates, us­ing the money saved – around £5mil­lion a year – to pay for school trips for all. He said: “End­ing child poverty is the chal­lenge this gen­er­a­tion must meet as our legacy to the next. Far too many of our chil­dren have their life chances di­min­ished as a re­sult of the eco­nomic cir­cum­stances they are born into.

“My over­rid­ing mis­sion as both Labour leader and Labour First Min­is­ter will be to abol­ish poverty. Tack­ling poverty means look­ing af­ter our most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and there is no group of peo­ple more vul­ner­a­ble than our chil­dren.

“Too many of whom are be­ing de­nied the ba­sic dig­ni­ties in life that all of our peo­ple should ex­pect.”


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