With Britain set to vote in local elections in May, Corbyn claims the Conservatives and the SNP have adopted the same “narrow nationalist” agenda amid fears his party could lose further support in the former Labour heartland when the country goes to the polls.
Corbyn condemned Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, suggesting that local services in Scotland would be subjected to further budget cuts if the First Minister’s party were handed more power.
Corbyn has called on Scots to vote Labour in next month's local elections
Speaking to Scotland on Sunday, he claimed the party was “only interested in a second independence referendum” and slammed the SNP’s “abysmal” record after a decade in government at Holyrood.
Corbyn said: “Labour will be focused on delivering quality local services, such as schools and social care, and standing up for our NHS.
“If you vote Labour you will elect a local champion; if you vote SNP you will elect a councillor who is only interested in a second independence referendum.”
Corbyn recently announced plans to introduce free school meals across the country
Polls have suggested Labour could be usurped by the Tories and drop to third place in Scotland, which, according to Professor John Curtice, could leave the party’s major strongholds at risk.
Glasgow is one area where Labour remain popular among voters, and the party’s leader was quick to remind the city of the risks of voting for the SNP.
Corbyn looks crushed following by-election defeat Fri, February 24, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home following a humiliating blow by the Conservatives after snatching Copeland in a by-election victory. The struggling politician was talking on the day his party lost a by-election to the government, the first time this has happened in over 30 years.
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Jeremy Corbyn is seen at Savoy Place in London where the Labour leader was giving a speech on Brexit
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If you vote Labour you will elect a local champion; if you vote SNP you will elect a councillor who is only interested in a second independence referendum
He added: “The SNP will not protect services in Glasgow, nor will it tackle the deep underlying problems of poverty that are scandalously prevalent in the city.
“In fact, evidence tells us that the SNP will exacerbate them.
“The educational attainment gap is increasing, working poverty in Scotland is at its highest level since devolution, and only this week figures revealed that Scottish economic output has contracted.
Major losses in Scotland in next month's elections could spell the end for Corbyn
“I would urge voters to reject the competing nationalisms of the Tories and SNP and vote Labour for a fairer and more just Scotland.
“That’s the choice facing Glaswegians and voters across Scotland and I hope they think about that choice before casting their vote.”
In response, the SNP claimed the Labour party was failing as an effective opposition to the Tories.
A party spokesman said: “When Labour talk euphemistically about ‘using the powers of the Scottish Parliament’ what they really mean is hiking the basic rate of income tax, which would take hundreds of pounds away from families on modest incomes just as the consequences of Brexit are starting to be felt.
“Kezia Dugdale herself said that Labour would be carping from the sidelines with Jeremy Corbyn as leader, and with ill-informed, out of touch comments such as these, it’s clear that Labour will be in that position for some time to come.”