Leonard Promises Prosperity for Scotland

Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, spoke to the BBC this morning in an interview with Kaye Adams and fielded questions from the public.

Leonard made promises to the Scottish people if a Labour government should get into power in the general election.

The highlights from Mr Leonard’s interview included, raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour for all over 16’s, building council and social housing and renewing trident.

Mr Leonard said the minimum wage rise was necessary to combat the “growth of poverty and inequality” in Scotland. He added that the current rate of pay was “insufficient”. When asked, by a caller, if raising the minimum wage would result in a higher cost of living, he assured listeners it would not.

Corbyn promising compensation to WASPI women.

Leonard spoke about the compensation that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had promised to pay to Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).

Boris Johnson apologised to the WASPI community on BBC Question Time, but said that he could not promise them any form of compensation.

Leonard acknowledged that raising the money for this payment was an issue, but that it would be carried out through borrowing.

Many callers had been asking Mr Leonard about Scottish Independence and a potential indyref2, which he confirmed there would be a mandate for if a pro-independence majority government won in the Scottish elections in 2021.

The Conservative party in Scotland have urged Labour voters to “Lend us your vote” if they do not want Scotland to have another independence vote.

Similarly, Leonard said Scottish independence could result in cuts to government expenditure on services, and claimed that a £100 billion reserve would be needed to back-up a new Scottish currency.

The SNP had previously vowed to keep the pound as their currency if Scotland were to become independent, but earlier this year changed their stance at the party conference in April.

Trident was an issue brought up by callers for the Scottish electorate, with opinions in the country being split between scrapping or renewing the nuclear weapons kept in the River Clyde.

Despite concerns from members of other parties about renewing Trident, Leonard said the Labour stance was unmoving, and that with politicians like Trump and Putin in power, there was more need than ever for nuclear weapons.