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Scottish independence rally sweeps through Edinburgh

TENS of thousands of Scots marched through Edinburgh on Saturday calling for a new referendum on independence.

Labour said the turnout, with up to 200,000 attending the march, should be a “wake-up call for the left.”

Labour Scottish executive committee youth representative Michael Muir told the Morning Star: “The attendance of tens of thousands of Scottish working people at a rally like yesterday’s should act as a wake-up call for the left.

“We need to tap into people’s desire for self-determination and meaningful control over their lives. 

“Scottish Labour needs to appeal to young and working-class Yes voters, and [Scottish Labour leader] Richard Leonard’s plans for a radical federalism help us do that.”

The independence rally comes despite mounting criticism of the ruling Scottish National Party for using PFI-style contracts to build a series of botched hospitals.

The Sunday Mail newspaper claims a close adviser of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has links to a bungling business consortium that Holyrood paid £150 million to build a paediatric hospital in Edinburgh, which has stood empty.

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