Moore ‘should support Labour’s plan for jobs’

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Labour has called on Lib Dem Scottish Secretary Michael Moore to stop “acting like a Tory” and back its five-point plan for jobs and growth.

Labour’s proposals comprise a £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people and 2,500 more affordable homes; a call to bring forward long-term investment projects like schools and roads; a reversal of last January’s VAT rise; a one-year cut in VAT to 5 per cent on home improvements; and a one-year National insurance break for every small firm which takes on extra workers.

Shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran said: “Michael Moore needs to stop sounding and acting like a Tory, that’s not what Scotland needs.

“His job is to be Scotland’s man in the Cabinet, but he is in danger of being the Tories’ man in Scotland. I think he needs to fight more for Scottish interests.”

“Both governments have a critical role to play, and his job is to champion ideas that will benefit Scotland and get people here back to work. I am calling on Michael Moore to back the plan because it is the right thing to do for Scotland.”

Ms Curran said it wasn’t just the economy involved. “On other areas like welfare reform, defence cuts and tax credits, Michael Moore needs to take a stand and put the interests of Scotland first.”

A Scotland Office spokesman said: “The Secretary of State spent last year fighting hard for Scotland in a wide variety of ways, including tackling youth unemployment and making Scotland’s voice heard at the highest level of government.

“He has consistently made it clear he will work with anyone to take Scotland forward.”