Neil Findlay wants Scottish Labour shift to left

Neil Findlay. Picture: Jon Savage

Neil Findlay. Picture: Jon Savage

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LABOUR leadership candidate Neil Findlay has said the party in Scotland could shift to the left of the party at Westminster and pursue radically different policies such as scrapping Trident, public ownership of the railways and ending private finance contracts in the NHS.

The Lothian MSP – who is in a three-cornered contest with Jim Murphy and Sarah Boyack – said such policies were now “mainstream” in Scotland.

And he called for more power to be handed to the party in Scotland. He said: “The party has to have more autonomy over policy – over policies like, we should be able to take the railways back into common ownership in Scotland, I think we should do that. There’s opportunities for us, for example, to bring PFI contracts back in-house. These are issues that the Scottish Labour Party could make decisions over and should make decisions over and if that’s different from the Labour Party at a UK level, then so be it.”