Commenting, William Bain MP said:
According to the Fraser of Allander Institute’s most recent commentary on the Scottish economy, full-time employment is more than 4% below its pre-recession peak and the total numbers of hours worked in Scotland is still lower than it was before the recession. On this day, when unemployment has gone up in my constituency and risen across Scotland by 6,000, this Government should have had more measures in their Budget to deal with that.
However, Mr. Bain went on to highlight that, in the upcoming election, Labour offered an alternative for Scotland and the UK.
Labour has a different and a better plan. It is one that does not jeopardize investment in infrastructure. If we balance the current budget in the next Parliament, then, as the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has said, we would have more growth, more jobs and faster rises in wages—a better plan for Britain. We should have had a Budget that raised the minimum wage to beyond £8 an hour. We should have taken steps to encourage the living wage to be paid to as many people as possible in this country. We should have had a higher rate of income tax for those earning more than £150,000 a year. We should have had the opportunity to begin the job of change, but change is coming. A Labour Government are coming, and I believe that the British people will begin that job of change by voting, in just seven weeks’ time, for a Labour Government and for a more equal and prosperous society.
The UK general election takes place on May 7th. William bain MP is Labour candidate for Glasgow North East.
Commenting, William Bain said:
The Conservatives have nearly doubled the debt, they have completely broken their promise on the deficit, they have stripped growth out of the economy for the first three years, and have been the worst Government for 140 years on wages and living standards. Yet, they deceitfully asking the British public to elect them for a second term based on a distortion of their economic record. Labour stand for something different: positive polices, a vision of how the economy can be different, a vision of how to get more people into work, in decent, good paying jobs; of skills, investment, high exports – that is Labour’s Britain.
This week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies reported that, under the Conservatives, this has been the slowest recovery in living standards in history
Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has hailed the contribution of international students to Scotland and called for the reintroduction of the fresh talent initiative to encourage foreign nationals to study in Scotland.
Ms McTaggart, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Minister for Europe and International Development, made her calls during a debate at the Scottish Parliament on post-study work visas on Tuesday 24th March.
The fresh talent initiative was introduced in 2004 by First Minister Jack McConnell and the Scottish Labour-led Scottish Executive to encourage foreign nationals to study in Scotland. It was abolished by the UK Government in 2012 but Scottish Labour want it reinstated, arguing that enabling overseas students to work in Scotland after they complete their studies would help supply the confident graduates that the employers who recruit students need.
Ms McTaggart argued that foreign students have been essential to the growth of Scottish universities and stated that it was imperative that we encourage more international students to come here. She also stated her support for the removal of university students from net migration targets.
Ms McTaggart said “Immigration, especially of young people and students, is a good thing for Scotland; the benefits to our culture, economy, skills and productivity are vital to the country’s continued growth. Too often, immigration is shown in a negative light, but it is essential that we recognise its importance.
“Post-study work visas would benefit not only the education sector but the business sector. The graduates who would be able to continue to live and work in Scotland would give back to the economy and contribute invaluable skills to the workforce throughout the country.
“To meet the needs of our education and business sectors, it is imperative that we encourage more international students to come to Scotland. The Labour Party believes that international students have a significant contribution to make to our education system, and to our social and cultural life and economy, and that’s why we support post-study work visas.”
You can read Ms McTaggart’s speech here.
Commenting, William Bain said:
The death toll in eastern Ukraine has reached 6,000 according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. It also detects an escalation in hostilities, despite the signing of the ceasefire agreement. This has to end. The EU must stand togetherand introduce tougher sanctions to make it clear to President Putin that Russia’s actions in Ukraine are unacceptable.
The prolonged crisis in Ukraine began on 21 November 2013.