‘Voters face clear choice’ - Sarwar

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THE SNP would choose independence over eradicating child poverty or unemployment throughout the UK, according to Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar.

In a closing speech to the party conference in Perth, he set out what he claimed were the clear differences between the parties.

Anas Sarwar. Picture: Greg Macvean

Anas Sarwar. Picture: Greg Macvean

He said voters face a choice between “devolution or separation” and that he was confident devolution will win.

Labour has promised more power for Holyrood in the event of a No vote, including greater control over income tax.

Mr Sarwar said Labour was the “party of devolution” which had written “Scotland’s home rule story” and he urged Scots to “make sure that proud story doesn’t end with Alex Salmond”.

He continued: “Whenever faced with a big challenge the SNP answer is always independence.

“What would Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon choose if asked - independence or eradicate child poverty across the UK?

“Independence or full employment across the UK? Independence or anything else? It would be independence every single time.”

A new poll today shows a narrowing gap between Yes and No. The ICM survey found 46 per cent for No - down three points from the previous poll - and 39 per cent for Yes, two points up. When don’t knows were excluded, the figures were 55 per cent No to 45 per cent Yes.