SNP candidate backs end to austerity pledge

Corri Wilson, SNP candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

Corri Wilson, SNP candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

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Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has published the SNP manifesto for the General Election.

In it the party pledge that a team of SNP MPs would be stronger for Scotland - and deliver progressive politics for the whole UK.

Speaking on the manifesto, local SNP candidate Corri Wilson said: “This manifesto sets out our priorities for progressive change, and top of that list is bringing an end to austerity. We are putting forward a real alternative to the spending cuts proposed by Labour and the Conservatives.

“By backing modest spending increases we will continue to reduce the deficit and the national debt, but we will generate at least £140 billion extra for infrastructure, public services and policies to help lift people out of poverty.

“By halting the roll-out of Personal Independence Payments and Universal Credit, ending zero hours contracts, and pushing for an urgent review into the sanctions regime, we will stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities rather than demonizing them.

“Increasing the minimum wage and expanding the living wage will help deliver both a strong economy and a fairer society. The current Westminster approach is based on ‘trickle down’ economics - but people in this constituency have not seen the benefits of the so-called upturn in the UK economy. I firmly believe that increasing the incomes of those lower down the income scale will deliver a direct benefit for our economy, and will improve the quality of life for hard-pressed households here in Ayrshire, and across the country.”

Nicola Sturgeon said that the SNP has “similar views” to Labour on key issues as she stepped up calls for an anti-Conservative alliance after May’s election.

The First Minister, in a speech to the Scottish Trades Union Congress annual meeting in Ayr on Tuesday, made a fresh appeal to Ed Miliband to work with the SNP in the interests of promoting workers’ rights, in the event of a hung parliament.