Sar­war’s firm has no for­mal recog­ni­tion with a union

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TOM GOR­DON

Anas Sar­war has launched his cam­paign to lead Scot­tish Labour.

dam­ag­ing rev­e­la­tions about Anas Sar­war’s busi­ness in­ter­ests sug­gest he is more in­ter­ested in mak­ing a big profit for him­self than ad­vanc­ing the rights of work­ing peo­ple.

“You can­not cred­i­bly claim to sup­port a real liv­ing wage and trade union recog­ni­tion for work­ers when you don’t pro­vide it at your own com­pany.”

Ear­lier, Mr Sar­war stressed his electabil­ity over that of his left-wing ri­val for the lead­er­ship, for­mer GMB of­fi­cial Richard Leonard.

Ending his speech with a thinly veiled at­tack on Mr Leonard and the left, he said: “This con­test is a choice be­tween fo­cus­ing on the past or build­ing a fairer fu­ture.

“I am not stand­ing in this con­test to be a Labour leader that just talks about cre­at­ing op­por­tu­nity, that just talks about ending poverty, that just talks about ending aus­ter­ity.

“I want to de­liver op­por­tu­nity, fair­ness and equal­ity as the First Min­is­ter of Scot­land.”

Mr Leonard, 55, launches his cam­paign in Glas­gow to­day with a call for “whole­sale and rad­i­cal change”.

He will say: “We need a com­pletely new ap­proach to tackle what ap­pear to be the in­tractable prob­lems in our hous­ing sys­tem, of an in­equal­ity that per­vades all as­pects of Scot­tish Life.

“Only Labour, with rad­i­cal lead­er­ship in Scot­land and Jeremy Cor­byn’s prin­ci­pled lead­er­ship across the UK, will de­liver the real change needed to tackle so­cial and eco­nomic prob­lems.” FOR­MER Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale has been named Politi­cian of the Year at a pres­ti­gious award cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing diver­sity and the LGBTQI com­mu­nity.

The Loth­i­ans MSP also made her first ap­pear­ance with her part­ner, SNP MSP Jenny Gul­ruith, at the an­nual Icon Awards.

Ms Dug­dale only pub­licly re­vealed she was gay in April last year, dur­ing the Holy­rood elec­tion cam­paign.

Last month the 35-year-old an­nounced she was step­ping down as leader of the Scot­tish Labour Party.

He friend Gor­don Aik­man, a Labour Party ac­tivist who died ear­lier this year, was given a post­hu­mous award. NI­COLA Stur­geon’s de­vo­lu­tion an­niver­sary speech didn’t go smoothly. Se­cu­rity sent the me­dia to the wrong side of the build­ing, then an­gry hacks were barred from the floor and left squint­ing from a dis­tant bal­cony. And then there was her text, which read: “Whilst we have chal­lenges in ed­u­ca­tion – which we we de­ter­mined to ad­dress – there have been im­prove­ments.” As any fule kno, al­ways spellcheck any men­shun of edukashun.

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