SNP call for drugs laws to be de­volved in election pledge

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STE­WART PATER­SON

THE SNP say their MPs will call for con­trol of drug laws to be handed from West­min­ster to Holy­rood to tackle an emer­gency.

It is ex­pected that this year the num­ber of drug-re­lated deaths will top 300 in Glas­gow and 1200 across Scot­land.

The party said their MPs elected next month will make a fresh push for the UK Gov­ern­ment to al­low drug con­sump­tion rooms to be pi­loted in Scot­land.

Ali­son Thewliss, SNP can­di­date for Glas­gow Cen­tral, said: “We are fac­ing a pub­lic health cri­sis in Scot­land and cur­rent UK drugs law is not work­ing – that’s the re­al­ity. We des­per­ately need a fresh ap­proach to tackle this issue head-on, but

West­min­ster politi­cians con­tinue to stand in the way of progress.

“De­volve drugs law to the Scottish Par­lia­ment now so that we can step in and save lives be­fore any more are lost. Vote SNP next month and to­gether we can build a bet­ter, more pro­gres­sive Scot­land that works for ev­ery­one.”

Mean­while, Labour said a Jeremy Cor­byn gov­ern­ment could pro­vide Scot­land with the in­vest­ment it needs to end the hous­ing cri­sis.

Pauline McNeill, Scottish Labour’s hous­ing spokes­woman, said: “A decade of Tory cuts has left Scot­land with hous­ing pro­vi­sion which is not fit for pur­pose, with ris­ing home­less­ness and many forced to rely on an ex­ploita­tive pri­vate rented sec­tor.

“Our £10bil­lion pro­gramme would see 120,000 so­cial and coun­cil homes built in Scot­land over 10 years, en­sur­ing that ev­ery­one has a safe and af­ford­able home.”

The Tories are hop­ing a plan to bring the foot­ball World Cup to Scot­land, with matches likely to be at Ham­p­den, will at­tract vot­ers.

The party said Scottish Tory MPs will push for the UK and Ire­land to stage the 2030 foot­ball World Cup.

Derek Stil­lie, a can­di­date in Aberdeen, and a for­mer goal­keeper, said: “Foot­ball is in Scot­land’s blood. It’s part of our DNA and what bet­ter way to get a new gen­er­a­tion in­volved in our na­tional game than to see World Cup games be­ing played on Scottish soil?”

“That’s why I’m de­lighted that our man­i­festo yes­ter­day com­mit­ted us to back­ing the 2030 World

Cup bid. Bring­ing the World Cup to Scot­land, Eng­land, Wales and Ire­land is some­thing we can all get be­hind.”

The Greens backed a four-day week to help tackle the issue of cli­mate change.

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said: “Peo­ple can’t think about their car­bon foot­print when they are starv­ing, but it isn’t the poor who are speed­ing up global warm­ing.

“A celebrity mil­lion­aire has a car­bon foot­print of 10,000 times the av­er­age per­son. We ur­gently need to ad­dress this imbalance.

“For ex­am­ple, stud­ies show a four-day week for a liv­ing wage would not only give peo­ple more qual­ity of life and al­low them more time with their fam­ily, but it would also im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

SNP Glas­gow Cen­tral can­di­date Ali­son Thewliss said a ‘fresh ap­proach’ was needed

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