Leonard in hard-Left Labour bid

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Gareth Rose SCOT­TISH PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

SCOTS Labour lead­er­ship con­tender Richard Leonard yes­ter­day launched his bid for power with a rad­i­cal pro­gramme of hard-Left poli­cies.

The for­mer trade union fire­brand promised to make Jeremy Cor­byn’s failed vi­sion from June’s Gen­eral Elec­tion a re­al­ity for Scot­land.

He drew the bat­tle­grounds for a war on wealth, promised a state spend­ing spree on mass na­tion­al­i­sa­tion and a crack­down on the likes of pri­vate land­lords and com­pany bosses.

Mr Leonard, who has only been an MSP for just over a year, also pledged to op­pose a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

He ac­cused the SNP of a ‘decade of com­pla­cency’ and pledged to force Scot­land to the Left.

Mr Leonard said yes­ter­day: ‘I am stand­ing for the lead­er­ship of the Scot­tish Labour party be­cause nearly 13 mil­lion peo­ple voted for a Labour man­i­festo com­mit­ted to ex­tend­ing pub­lic own­er­ship, to end­ing aus­ter­ity and to re­dis­tribut­ing power to the many from the few.’

There was no ex­pla­na­tion of how Mr Leonard would fund such a wild state spend­ing spree but he made it clear wealthy Scots are in the fir­ing line.

Ri­val Anas Sar­war launched his cam­paign on Friday, promis­ing to ‘res­cue the NHS’ and launch­ing a per­sonal at­tack on Nicola Stur­geon.

Dean Lock­hart, Scots Con­ser­va­tive econ­omy spokesman, warned both can­di­dates showed clear signs Scot­tish Labour was ‘lurch­ing to the Left’.

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