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Scottish Socialists launching UK election manifesto

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The Scottish Socialist Party has vowed to clean up politics

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has launched its UK election manifesto with a warning that Westminster-imposed cuts will threaten 100,000 Scots jobs.

The party has offered a five-point plan to voters, focussing on the economy and cleaning up politics after the MP expenses scandal.

The SSP, which is fighting 10 Scottish seats in the 6 May election, launched its manifesto in Edinburgh.

They aim to offer an alternative to the "doom and gloom of mainstream parties".

SSP leader Colin Fox hit out at the UK government for its handling of the economy and said a Tory election victory would be blamed on the "failure" of Labour's three terms in power at Westminster.

The SSP manifesto pledges to:

  • Oppose cuts which threaten 100,000 jobs.
  • Take action to guarantee jobs for young people.
  • Back immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
  • Clean up Westminster expenses scandal with MPs on a "workers' wage".
  • Back an independence referendum to create a green, Scottish socialist republic.

Mr Fox, a former MSP, said: "After 13 years of New Labour, the thought of a Tory government still sends a shiver up the spine.

"But it's clear to anyone who's watching this election that politics in Scotland is about to be turned upside down.

"Let's be clear from the outset, that if the Tories do return to power at Westminster, the blame for that lies with New Labour and the failure of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown these last 13 years, who have quite frankly exploited working people, with the poorest and most vulnerable being hit hardest."



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