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McDonnell vows to deliver £70bn package for Scotland

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is focused on shifting wealth and power towards Scotland (pic: DB Media Services)


John McDonnell has vowed to deliver a £70 billion package for Scots as he bids to establish an irreversible shift in wealth and power away from London.

Mr McDonnell made the pledge ahead of a two-day campaign tour in Scotland which starts today with a keynote speech to journalists in Glasgow.

The Shadow Chancellor is also due to meet trade unions, business leaders and youth groups during his anti-austerity tour.

The visit will conclude in Airdrie tomorrow with a one day conference on Labour’s plans to boost the economy.

Speaking ahead of the tour, Mr McDonnell said: “Scotland has suffered from a near decade of Tory and SNP austerity.

“The Tories at Westminster have imposed the Bedroom Tax and the Rape Clause on working class Scots, as well presiding over a surge in food bank use caused by over eight years of austerity.

“At the same time, the SNP at Holyrood has simply passed on Tory austerity to communities, by bullying councils into making cuts and running down crucial areas like further education, as well as underfunding Scotland’s NHS.

“The SNP has also embraced its own version of neoliberalism with the Growth Commission – a blueprint for at least a decade of austerity.

“By contrast Labour in government at Westminster will halt austerity which our manifesto commitments could mean £70 billion more for Scotland over two terms.

“As Chancellor, this package will represent the biggest transfer in wealth and power from London to Scotland in post-war Britain.

“The next Labour government will be the most radically reforming one since that of Clement Attlee and Nye Bevan elected in 1945.”

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