Former First Minister backs financial independence
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:30
McLeish urges Miliband to back financial powers for Scotland
Former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has become the latest high profile figure to back financial independence for Scotland as he rebels against Labour's refusal to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
With Labour leaderless and directionless in Scotland, Henry McLeish has intervened in an interview in today's Sunday Express to urge the party leadership in London to back the Scottish people taking responsibility for Scotland's economy and warn Labour against signing up with the Tories in support of the status quo.
Welcoming the former First Minister's comments SNP Treasury Spokesman MP Stewart Hosie said:
"Henry McLeish is right to urge Labour to back the job creating powers and independence Scotland needs to grow our own economy .
"Scotland's voters rejected the status quo when they overwhelmingly backed the SNP in May's election.
"Henry McLeish joins leading job creators Sir Tom Hunter and Jim McColl in recognising the importance of Scotland having full financial responsibility.
"Labour are deeply out of touch with the people of Scotland and their constant negativity is only making it worse. Ed Miliband could do much worse than to listen to Henry McLeish's warnings and back more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
"When the people of Scotland clearly want to increase the powers of the Parliament it will horrify Labour voters that their party has signed up with the Tories to oppose the will of the people.
"Labour in Scotland is leaderless and directionless, it would do them no harm to listen to Henry McLeish's advice."
Henry McLeish's comments can be found here.