Patrick Grady

SNP MPs to make Scotland's voice heard and be strong voice for progressive politics

Patrick Grady, SNP Candidate for Glasgow North, has welcomed the publication of the SNP’s manifesto as a blueprint for a stronger voice for Scotland at Westminster – and for more progressive politics to benefit people across the UK.

The manifesto – launched on 20th April – sets out the SNP’s plans to put an end to the austerity cuts which are hurting people across AREA and to invest at least an £140bn more in our public services, including an additional £9.5bn in the NHS.

Other manifesto commitments include:

  • Backing an increase in the minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020 The restoration of the 50p top income tax rate for those earning £150,000 – ensuring those with the broadest shoulders pay a little bit more
  • Support for an increase in the Employment Allowance from £2,000 per business per year to £6,000, to help smaller firms take on and retain additional staff
  • Backing plans for an annual UK target of 100,000 affordable homes – and use additional capital investment to deliver further expansion of house building in Scotland
  • A commitment to vote to retain the triple lock on pensions and protect the winter fuel allowance
  • SNP MPs will oppose the £3bn cut in disability support which threatens to cut the income of a million disabled people by more than £1,000 per year

Commenting, Glasgow North SNP candidate Patrick Grady said: “This manifesto will make Scotland’s voice heard like never before at Westminster – and will deliver new, better and more progressive politics for everyone across the UK.

“The austerity cuts supported by both Labour and the Tories is causing real damage in Glasgow North – holding back economic growth and hurting hard-working people. When a policy is failing so badly it is time to change it – and the SNP’s common sense plans for modest public spending increases will ensure Westminster’s austerity agenda is put to an end once and for all.

“Under the plans we’ve put forward, we’d see an extra £140bn of investment freed up to invest in infrastructure, create jobs and support our vital public services. And SNP MPs will vote to boost NHS spending across the UK by an additional £9.5bn – delivering a total increase to Scotland’s NHS of £2bn.

“Our manifesto also contains policies which will make a real difference to people in Glasgow North – and across Scotland and the UK. We’ll back a minimum wage of £8.70 an hour by 2020 to ensure people get a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work – and we’ll oppose the £3bn cut in disability support which could cost disabled people more than £1,000 per year.

“We’ll also deliver real support for business – increasing the Employment Allowance from £2,000 to £6,000 which will help small firms in particular and help create more local jobs in Glasgow North.

“This is a manifesto I am immensely proud to stand on – bursting with ideas and ambition, which will see Scotland have a stronger voice at Westminster, will deliver real change for people in AREA and advance progressive politics for everyone in the UK.

“A vote for the SNP in two weeks’ time will give Scotland the opportunity to hold real power at Westminster for the first time in generations – which is why more and more people across our communities are putting their faith in the SNP as we approach the election.

Note:

The manifesto can be found here: http://votesnp.com/manifesto

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