As poll nears, First Minister goes on the offensive to stop Tory pension cuts
NICOLA STURGEON has gone on the attack today (Tuesday 6 June), stating that a Tory victory in the UK General Election and Tory MPs elected in Scotland could prove dangerous for the fate of pensions.
Campaigning in the North East ahead of tonight’s STV debate, she made the point that a vote for Ruth Davidson’s party would mean Tory MPs that would “rubber stamp” the cuts of Theresa May.
Her appeal was to older voters who she claimed could make a crucial difference in an election that has seen the Tory throw away a 22 point lead and led to parties in Scotland asking for votes in anticipation of being kingmakers in Westminister.
The SNP have hinted at a progressive alliance which would ensure the triple lock on pensions and offer security to older people.
Speaking ahead of campaigning in seats in the North East today, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Throughout this campaign, it has become absolutely clear that the Tories want pensioners to bear the brunt of their austerity agenda with an unprecedented assault on pensioner incomes.
“Pension cuts are precisely the sort of issue which a strong block of SNP MPs will make a real difference.” Nicola Sturgeon
“In two days’ time voters across Scotland have an opportunity to stand up for Scotland’s pensioners by rejecting the Tory plans and to keep the Tory government in check.
“At every turn, SNP MPs have stood up for pensioners in the face of Tory cuts – from leading the campaign to support Waspi (women against pension injustice) women across the UK, to highlighting their plans to remove the triple lock on pensions.
“Polls have narrowed across the UK, meaning the size of the Tory majority – or even whether the Tories get a majority at all – could come down to the outcome in Scotland.
“Pension cuts are precisely the sort of issue which a strong block of SNP MPs will make a real difference. Voters have a clear choice between Tory MPs who will rubber-stamp this plunder on voter’s pensions or SNP MPs who will oppose them – Labour cannot win this election in Scotland, meaning that any vote for them could let Tory MPs in by the back door.”
“In two days’ time voters across Scotland have an opportunity to stand up for Scotland’s pensioners by rejecting the Tory plans and to keep the Tory government in check.” Nicola Sturgeon
The SNP have made pensions one of their main areas of policy focusing on the distance created between older voters and the Tories over issues of social care, the dementia tax and the loss of the triple lock protection.
The Tories have also endured criticism from the Scottish Government in relation to promises made during the independence referendum where it was suggested that a vote to remain in the UK would ensure security for pension payments and rises.
Sturgeon added: “Now more than ever, it is vital to have strong SNP MPs standing up for Scotland at Westminster – only then can we guarantee that our pensioners will have their rights championed.”
With polls narrowing across the UK, the size of the Tory majority or outright victory is according to analysts in doubt. The UK Labour Party has hit 39 per cent four points higher than the polling share outcome of Labour in 2015 under Ed Milliband.
Picture courtesy of Steven Duff
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