Thursday 18 March 2021 / 12:01 AM Keir Starmer / Scotland

Starmer and Sarwar: Government must prioritise national recovery

Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar will today call for a UK-wide focus on national recovery from the pandemic.

Labour leader Starmer will join Scottish leader Sarwar to pay tribute to frontline NHS workers in Scotland.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Starmer said Scotland’s recovery ‘must be the number one priority for its Government’.

With elections across the UK in May, Sarwar revealed earlier this week that Scottish Labour’s Holyrood campaign will prioritise unity over division, with a national recovery plan including: a jobs recovery; an NHS recovery; an education recovery; a climate recovery; and a communities recovery.

Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“First and foremost, today is about paying tribute to the NHS staff across Scotland who have been on the frontline of this pandemic. They have battled Covid heroically, and now they are helping defeat it by rolling out the vaccine.

“Once this virus is beaten, Scotland’s recovery must be the number one priority for its government. That’s what Anas Sarwar and Scottish Labour are offering in May’s election.

“Scottish Labour, under Anas’s leadership, is the only party serious about tackling the injustices which have been brutally exposed by Covid.

“Whether it’s education, the economy, or Scotland’s NHS, a vote for Scottish Labour in May is a vote to secure Scotland’s recovery.”

Anas Sarwar MSP, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said:

“At this election we will be prioritising unity over division.

“After everything we have been through across the entire UK, we can’t return to the old arguments.

“Over the past year, our NHS staff in every nation and region of the UK have worked so hard under intense pressure.

“But our thanks is not enough – we need a relentless focus on a national recovery plan which prioritises our NHS, so that we never again have to choose between treating a virus or treating cancer.”