Scotland 'vital' to Labour victory at general election, says Keir Starmer

Scotland 'vital' to Labour victory at general election, says Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer reached out to Scots voters today as he called on them to support his plan to change the country for the better.

Speaking on a campaign visit to the Gorbals, the Labour leader insisted Scotland was "vital" if his party was to return to power at Westminster for the first time since 2010.

He branded the SNP as "divided and chaotic" as the Tories - and claimed real change could not be delivered by MPs sitting on the opposition benches in the House of Commons.

Starmer also insisted the general election on July 4 was “what Scotland needs and what Scotland has been waiting for”.

"This is an election about change. Scotland’s voice is absolutely vital and it needs to be a leading voice," he said.

He added: "The height of the SNP ambition is to send a message; I want Scotland to send a government – a Labour government.”

Anas Sarwar and Keir Starmer launch the Scottish Labour general election campaign in Glasgow
Anas Sarwar and Keir Starmer launch the Scottish Labour general election campaign in Glasgow -Credit:Ross Turpie / Daily Record

Starmer also pointed to the Whitelees windfarm in East Renfrewshire as an example of how the UK economy was not functioning as it should.

"I’ve been there – an incredible place to go with wind turbines, huge bits of manufacturing and engineering. It’s quite awe-inspiring, hundreds of them generating power for the future," he said.

Starmer told the room he had asked the Whitelees chief executive of the wind farm how many turbines were built in Scotland and was told “none of them”.

Starmer added: "They’d all been towed in, past working people in Scotland and put together.

“That’s the price of not making your economy the priority. We’re not prepared to pay that price under a Labour government.”

He continued: “You will never have a strong, functioning economy if you don’t treat your workforce properly, if you don’t give people basic dignity and respect at work.

“And that’s why our new deal for wealthy people will be the biggest act of levelling up for workers rights in a generation.”

Starmer also spoke of his desire to win support from Scots voters.

"The project we are building, I want it to be a project for all of Britain to take forward. But it's also really important to me personally," he added.

"Of course it is about the numbers (of MPs) to ensure we get a Labour government, but it's also about who I am as a person.

"I want to be the prime minister for the whole of the United Kingdom - and that representation from Scotland.

"That's about the sort of Scotland, the sort of Britain that I want to see from a future Labour Government."

Asked why Scots who still support independence should not vote for the SNP, Starmer added: "Look, the SNP is as divided and chaotic as the Tories.

"But we need to change from this Tory Government to a Labour Government.

"The SNP say vote for us to send a message, to sit on the opposition benches. You don't change Scotland by sending a message of protest."

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