Keir Starmer has defended the Labour Party’s positions on Scottish independence and the controversial ‘spycops’ bill in the latest ‘Call Keir’ that took place this afternoon with Glasgow voters.
As the UK Labour leader spoke to Scottish voters, he was asked how his party intends to win back voters who have now switch to the SNP. Starmer replied: “The last thing I want is more barriers, more borders.”
Making the case against Scottish independence, Starmer said that a key principle should be “don’t pull people apart but pull together” – but added that “just backing the status quo isn’t going to work”.
Questioned by a young SNP member called Luke who described independence as “the way forward”, Starmer said he did “acknowledge the strength of feeling” over the issue but disagreed with the voter.
“There’s a very real sense of people saying I want control over what happens in my community,” Starmer told the Zoom attendees, saying that “some of that drove the European Union referendum” in 2016.