Election Daily June 17: Scots LibDems pledge £500m 'rescue package' for care in manifesto launch

Alex Cole-Hamilton launches his party's manifesto on Monday while Nigel Farage's Reform UK releases its 'contract'.

Election Daily June 17: Scottish LibDem manifesto, Reform ‘contract’ and SNP social tariff promise STV News
Key Points
  • Scottish Liberal Democrats first major political party in Scotland to launch manifesto
  • Nigel Farage sets out Reform UK’s ‘contract’ with voters
  • Anas Sarwar says ‘momentum’ is with Scottish Labour as he unveil’s the party’s battle bus
  • First Minister John Swinney says SNP only party launching a ‘truly left-of-centre manifesto’ while in Stornoway as he proposes social tariff on energy, broadband and mobile bills

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto with a promise to deliver a “fair deal” for Scots.

It’s the first major political party in Scotland to release a manifesto, with Scottish Labour, the SNP and the Scottish Greens set to unveil their policy pledges later this week, and the Scottish Tories the week after that.

Announcing it on Monday, party leader Alex Cole-Hamilton promised a £500m “rescue package” for care – which is devolved – as well as £170m for Scottish agriculture.

Reform UK also released its manifesto on Monday in South Wales, with leader Nigel Farage labelling it a “contract” with the British public.

He is promising massive cuts to tax, government spending in some areas as well as delivering net zero migration in the UK and leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

It comes after a poll last week suggested Reform UK could be slightly ahead of the Tories across the UK.

Meanwhile in Scotland, First Minister John Swinney is in Stornoway for a campaign event.

In an apparent attack on Labour, he will say the SNP is the only party with a “truly left-of-centre manifesto”.

That will include a social tariff for energy, broadband and mobile bills with those bills halved for the poorest in society.

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