Par­ties clash ahead of cam­paign fi­nale

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STE­WART PATER­SON

AWAR of words over who can be trusted to lead the coun­try has bro­ken out on the fi­nal day of the elec­tion cam­paign.

Ni­cola Stur­geon has branded Boris John­son a “dan­ger to Scot­land” as her party looks to win back seats it lost to the Tories in 2017.

In an open let­ter the SNP leader said the Prime Min­is­ter was a threat to the NHS, jobs and work­ers rights.

A Con­ser­va­tive MSP in Glas­gow hit back say­ing Ms Stur­geon was “pan­ick­ing”.

Mean­while, Labour said the choice was be­tween them or the Tories to gov­ern across the UK.

In her let­ter, Ms Stur­geon, said: “Boris John­son, with­out ques­tion, rep­re­sents the great­est dan­ger to Scot­land of any Tory Prime Min­is­ter in mod­ern times.

“It is not just the ap­palling lan­guage he has used – about for ex­am­ple, chil­dren from sin­gle par­ent fam­i­lies, or work­ing class men – or that he can’t be trusted.

“Or the lack of com­pas­sion when faced with an im­age of a sick child be­ing treated on the floor.

“It’s what he wants to do in gov­ern­ment for the next five years that con­firms why he must be de­feated.”

An­nie Wells, Glas­gow Con­ser­va­tive MSP, re­sponded with her own at­tack on Ms Stur­geon, brand­ing her “di­vi­sive”.

She said: “This is des­per­ate, neg­a­tive stuff from a First Min­is­ter who ap­pears to be pan­ick­ing as this elec­tion cam­paign reaches its con­clu­sion”.

“She has noth­ing pos­i­tive to of­fer so all she can do is scare­mon­ger.

“The re­al­ity is that the most di­vi­sive per­son in UK pol­i­tics right now is Ni­cola Stur­geon be­cause, as she has her­self made clear, she wants to take us back to an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum within the next 12 months.”

Mean­while, Scot­tish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, said: “This elec­tion is about the kind of coun­try we want to live in. Do we want to live in a coun­try where the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our so­ci­ety go with­out sup­port, or do we want to live in a coun­try where those same peo­ple will be treated with dig­nity and re­spect?

“Do we want to live in a coun­try where peo­ple die on our streets and kids go to bed hun­gry, or do we want to live in a so­ci­ety where we can erad­i­cate home­less­ness and child poverty?”

Vot­ing opens to­mor­row at 7am across the UK.

Party lead­ers, who took part in a STV de­bate last week, have clashed again

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