Jeremy Corbyn says Government must fight for ‘society free from racism’

Jeremy Corbyn is to conclude his tour of Scotland tomorrow telling supporters the Government should be fighting “for a society free from racism and discrimination”.

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The Labour leader will pledge that his government would honour the UK’s international legal and moral obligations by taking its fair share of refugees.

He will also say a Labour government will immediately guarantee the rights of all EU nationals living in the UK and promise a zero tolerance approach to hate crime.

The tour is part of an effort to re-ignite Labour as an electoral force north of the border following the election, which indicated to strategists at Labour HQ that the SNP’s support was past its peak.

Mr Corbyn will meet activists in Musselburgh, East Lothian, on Sunday before attending an event at the Edinburgh Fringe and later speaking at the Rock Against Racism festival in Glasgow.

He is expected to say: “Tory cuts and austerity have affected everyone but have disproportionately hurt the poorest, the young, women, LGBT people and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

“Instead of causing such harm, we need a government that will fight for a society free from racism and discrimination, where people are free to live their lives.

“We will immediately guarantee the rights of all EU nationals living in the UK.

“People are not bargaining chips. It is disgraceful that the Conservative Government treated them this way.”

Highlighting the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, Mr Corbyn will add: “Britain has a proud tradition as a place of safety for those forced to flee their homes by war, famine or disaster.

“The next Labour government will be proud to honour our international legal obligations – and our moral duty – to offer safety to our fair share of refugees.”

The tour has seen the Labour leader join protest marches and re-affirm Labour polices that proved popular at the election.

The Independent