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Dugdale calls for end to ‘timid managerialism’

Kezia Dugdale: (photo by Terry Murden)

Leader to outline growth policies

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will today challenge the SNP to ditch what it calls “timid managerialism” and adopt radical policies to grow the nation’s economy.

Ms Dugdale will tell an audience in Edinburgh that Labour will be outlining details over the coming months on how to grow the economy.

Tonight at a seminar at the David Hume Institute in Edinburgh, will call upon the government to:

  • Use Holyrood’s powers to invest in the skills of the next generation of workers.
  • Appoint a dedicated Cities Minister to drive growth in our cities.
  • Develop a new industrial strategy to boost jobs in decommissioning and create jobs in the technology sector to take advantage of a new wave of automation.

She is expected to say: “Cutting the budgets of Scotland’s schools when our economy faces significant challenges is totally irresponsible.

“It doesn’t just limit the opportunities of the current generations of children, it will harm our economy in the future.

“The same is true for our colleges. We must boost college places to ensure our young people are equipped with the skills they need.”

She is expected to add: “The geographic distribution of our cities means that there is a potential engine for economic growth in every corner of our country.  We need to be in the best position to take advantage of that… we have to be even more ambitious.

“This Scottish Government needs to ditch the timid managerialism which seems to have become its hallmark.

“Government should be thinking radically about how we make the most of our cities and thinking big.

“Appointing a dedicated Cities Minister would be a strong signal that driving growth through our cities is a priority for this Government.”

Ms Dugdale is also expected to say: “In the North East, we risk losing jobs in decommissioning to the North of England, as there is simply not enough political will to make that vision a reality.

“Similarly, the rise of automation in ‘middle class’ professions poses a risk to jobs that we never thought were at risk of being replaced by machines.

“The first wave of automation destroyed industries Scotland relied on. The latest wave cannot be allowed to do the same.

“So if innovative tech is set to replace these skilled jobs, we need to be at the leading edge in that sector.”

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