Kezia Dugdale sets out alternative Programme for Government

Kezia Dugdale today called on the SNP to focus on the bread and butter issues of government as she set out an alternative legislative agenda.

Labour’s alternative Programme for Government comes ahead of the start of the new Parliamentary session next week. Kezia Dugdale set out a series of Bills that she believes the SNP should include in their legislative programme when it is announced.

Underpinning this entire agenda is a call for the SNP to stop the cuts to public services in Scotland by using the tax powers of the Scottish Parliament.

Labour’s priorities include:

  • An Education Bill, to close the gap between the richest and poorest children in schools and invest in breakfast clubs
  • A Bill to ban fracking outright in Scotland
  • A Health and Social Care Bill, establishing a National Guarantee for care workers to ease pressure on NHS services
  • An Anti-Poverty Bill, properly implementing all the recommendations of the Eisenstadt Report
  • A Bill to regulate bus services
  • A Refugee Integration Bill

Kezia Dugdale said:

“One hundred and nineteen days ago, the SNP was elected again as Scotland’s Government for a third term and Nicola Sturgeon was given a personal mandate by the Scottish people to serve as Scotland’s First Minister.

We were promised a bold and radical programme for Government, but one hundred and nineteen days on we are still waiting to see the Government’s plans.

When people ask me what difference a Labour Government would make here in Scotland, I ask them to look just look at what Sadiq Khan has already delivered in London.

There, the first 100 days of administration has been a frenzy of activity.

Sadiq Khan has already taken action on pollution by extending the low emission zone, began the work of introducing new ticketing for London’s buses and presided over the biggest change to London transport in generations with the start of the night tube.

This is the difference that having Labour politicians in Government can make.

But where we should have had one hundred days of action on schools, hospitals, jobs and the economy, a constitutional debate which formed only 209 of 24,115 words in the SNP’s manifesto has dominated again.”

You can read the Alternative Programme for Government below:


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4 thoughts on “Kezia Dugdale sets out alternative Programme for Government

  1. Europe?

    Um, Scotland is going to be dragged out of the EU against our will. You spent quite a lot of time telling us how catastrophic it would be for Scotland to leave the EU, and you are right. It will be far worse for us than it will be for England. And it will be dire enough for them. My business depends on staying in.

    I mean, it’s sort of important.


    So why is there no bill about Brexit? Are you going to do *anything* to help stop us being taken out of the EU against our will?

    You’re not going to just ignore this and go on about bus services, are you?

  2. For someone who did a disappearing act for most of the summer this is a bit rich. And when does third place tell first place what to do, did you forget that most of that pile of crap your trying to sell has already been rejected by the voting public.

    Still its always nice to see labour continue its downward spiral towards oblivion, its well deserved.

  3. There is nothing new here. It’s just a rehash of their last Holyrood manifesto. Although, seeing as they didn’t actually release their manifesto till a few days before the polls opened, perhaps they hope most people won’t know that and think it’s a new initiative.

    Or perhaps Agent Roden (ex political editor of rabid Tory rag, The Scottish Daily Mail) is already at work, having infiltrated the Labour Party as Communications Director, and is further under-mining their credibility. I mean …. the Daily Mail …. What are they thinking???

  4. “Alternative program for government”?
    Is this the same “program for government” which the electorate rejected only recently?
    How and when does Dugdale intent to implement this program?
    Dugdale thinks the mayor of London is doing a splendid job. Why is the leader of Glasgow not doing so well, giver Labour has run the city for decade after decade?
    And last but not least—-how will Dugdale survive the democratic re-election of the current Labour Leader ( also her Party leader), given her comments about him in the recent past?

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