SNP hits out at Labour for failing to target Tory seats as Corbyn tours Scotland

Labour leader’s tour will see him target key SNP-held seats

The SNP has hit out at Jeremy Corbyn and Labour for failing to target any Tory seats during his tour of Scotland.

The labour leader is on day three of a tour targeting 18 key marginal seats held by the SNP in his quest to become prime minister, should another General Election be called.

Glasgow South West, Glasgow East, Inverclyde and Dunfermline are just some of the seats that would need a one per cent swing to allow Labour to capture SNP seats.

“It is hardly surprising given Kezia Dugdale encouraged people to vote Tory to stop the SNP during the election campaign." SNP 

An SNP spokesperson said: "The fact that Jeremy Corbyn is only interested in taking seats from the SNP rather than the Tories tells you all you need to know about Labour's priorities.

“It is hardly surprising given Kezia Dugdale encouraged people to vote Tory to stop the SNP during the election campaign."

Labour responded by telling CommonSpace it was targeting those seats due to the small sway it would take for a Labour gain. A Labour spokesman said: “Scottish Labour ran a national election campaign that won seven seats in constituencies across Scotland.

“Labour was the only party in Scotland offering a pro-UK, anti-austerity message that resonated with voters throughout the country.

“Jeremy is in Scotland this week taking that message to marginal seats across Scotland where Labour is within touching distance of winning at the next election.

"If people want a Labour government, we need Labour MPs across the country. Scotland could hold the balance of power in the next election and make the difference between a majority Labour Government or more years of the Tories.

Corbyn held a rally at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow last night, and is expected to speak at a jobcentre closure in Coatbridge this afternoon.

The Coatbridge, Chryston and Belshill saet is held by Labour MP Hugh Gaffney.

The centre, which employs 250 staff, is set to close as part of UK Government cost cutting.  Staff there have been told they will be re-located to centres in Motherwell and Glasgow.

“The Tories are planning to force a million more-working people to attend a Jobcentre, under its plans for in-work sanctions, while simultaneously closing one in every ten Jobcentres across the country.” Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to say: ““The Tories are turning their backs on unemployed, sick and disabled people with jobcentre closures.

“In places where poverty is high and job opportunities low, closing down jobcentres is counterproductive.

“The Tories are planning to force a million more-working people to attend a Jobcentre, under its plans for in-work sanctions, while simultaneously closing one in every ten Jobcentres across the country.

“That is the twisted logic of this government’s chaotic austerity agenda. The closures make it absolutely clear that this government has no interest in helping people to find decent and secure work.

CommonSpace reported yesterday that staff at the Child Support Agency office in Cumnock feel angry after bosses “promised” them jobs at a site in Kilmarnock, only to tell them they may now face redundancy.

The 83-strong workforce claim they were assured they would all be relocated, only to be told there will possibly be 39 jobs, but say they haven’t been given any reassurances they will have jobs when their site closes next year.  

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