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War of words as Labour and SNP battle for Rutherglen

LABOUR and SNP have traded blows a fortnight from polling in the crucial Hamilton West and Rutherglen by-election.

Amid widespread concern in SNP ranks that disaffection on independence strategy may mean their voters sit the election out, the party’s Westminster deputy leader Mhairi Black has written an open letter urging young people to vote.

She wrote: “Young people deserve so much more than a narrow choice between red Tories and blue Tories.

“No wonder Westminster is blocking eligible voters from having their say.

“Bluntly, Westminster has shafted young people across Scotland.”

Scottish Labour deputy leader Dame Jackie Baillie responded: “This is tragic from the SNP.

“The SNP can try to deny it all it wants, but the fact is that young people are being failed by both the Tories and the SNP.

“From the cost of living and the housing crisis, to strikes at universities and colleges, the SNP is clearly not on the side of young people.

“We all know that the SNP is fond of using exploitative zero-hours contracts but the fact that it still regards them as a ‘positive destination’ for young people says it all.”

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