SCOTTISH LABOUR MAKING CASE FOR YES VOTE AFTER BEDROOM TAX FIASCO
Sunday, 15 September 2013 10:04
BAILLIE ACCUSED OF GOING ‘TOO FAR’ BY UK LABOUR
The split between Labour in Scotland and Westminster on the issue of the Bedroom Tax is making the case for a Yes vote and control of welfare in the Scottish Parliament.
UK Labour yesterday rejected claims by their Scottish welfare spokesperson Jackie Baillie that the party will announce plans to abolish the Tory tax.
These latest comments reveal the split in the Labour party north and south of the border – while Scottish Labour wants it scrapped, London Labour pulls them back.
Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani, who sits on the Welfare Reform Committee, said:
“It is evident that if Scottish Labour were in charge they would commit to scrapping the bedroom tax – why on earth then do they not want to see the Scottish Parliament with the powers to do so?
“If Scotland votes for independence, Scottish Labour will no longer have to be put back in their box by their bosses at Westminster.
“The position of Labour in Scotland – with both Jackie Baillie and Anas Sarwar saying they would scrap it – simply highlights the case for Scotland being in control of these powers. Labour is making the case for independence – it is clear their Scottish politicians have different priorities from Westminster, and only a Yes vote next year will allow the party to be be true to its own values, no longer having to continually adhere to the London line.”