Kezia Dugdale blasts Sturgeon '˜for accepting Tory austerity'

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale accused the First Minister of handing down the Tories' austerity cuts to local communities in Scotland.

Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale.
Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale.

Ms Dugdale said: “Nicola Sturgeon is accepting Tory austerity and passing it on to local communities across the country, and I think we can do much much better than that.

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“The point of the Scottish Parliament was always about making different choices from Tory governments. We have the tax powers, we can make different choices - there’s nothing inevitable about cuts.

“When Nicola Sturgeon chooses not use those powers she’s choosing to cut local services by half a billion pounds and the Labour Party won’t stand for that.”