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Friday, Jul 19, 2024

Scottish Party Leaders Clash Over Cost of Living and NHS in BBC Debate

In a BBC Scotland Debate Night special in Glasgow, the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties tackled pressing issues such as the cost-of-living crisis and NHS waiting times. First Minister John Swinney accused Labour and the Conservatives of not being transparent about eighteen billion pounds in expected spending cuts. Anas Sarwar of Scottish Labour vowed there would be no austerity under Labour, while Douglas Ross of the Scottish Conservatives pledged to cut National Insurance further.
In a BBC Scotland Debate Night special in Glasgow, the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties tackled pressing issues such as the cost-of-living crisis and NHS waiting times.

First Minister John Swinney accused Labour and the Conservatives of not being transparent about £18 billion in expected spending cuts.

Anas Sarwar of Scottish Labour vowed there would be no austerity under Labour, while Douglas Ross of the Scottish Conservatives pledged to cut National Insurance further.

Each leader presented their party’s plans to aid working-class families and improve the economy.

The debate also covered NHS challenges, with Swinney highlighting the strain from Brexit and increased demand.

On Scottish independence, Swinney affirmed the SNP's commitment to allowing Scots to decide their future, while opponents like Ross and Cole-Hamilton critiqued the focus on independence over immediate issues like health and the economy.
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