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The Scottish National Party (SNP) has made a direct pitch to Labour voters asking them to support their party in a bid to “escape Brexit” and “lock the Tories out of Downing St.”

In a joint open letter, Anne McTaggart, former Labour councillor, Tommy Sheppard, former Assistant General Secretary of Scottish Labour; and Jeane Freeman, who was an adviser to former Labour First Minister Jack McConnell, urged Labour voters to vote SNP in this election - as the only party who can beat the Tories here in Scotland.

A number of former Labour politicians and voters have backed the SNP in recent months - with YouGov polling in Scotland putting Labour in fourth place, trailing behind the SNP on 15%.

The text of the letter is as follows:

"Dear Labour voters,

"This General Election is the most important in living memory.

"After years of Brexit crisis and Westminster austerity cuts, we have the chance to finally escape Brexit and put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands - not Boris Johnson's.

"The SNP are the main challengers in every Tory held seat in Scotland - and only if enough people vote SNP on 12th December can we beat the Tories and lock them out of government.

"As former Labour supporters ourselves, we are urging Labour voters in Scotland to lend their vote to the SNP at this election so we can take the Tories head on and boot Boris Johnson out of government.

"Labour have spent the past two years trying to face both ways on Brexit. In recent elections and polling, support for the Labour Party has collapsed to fourth or fifth place in Scotland - and shamefully Labour MPs have been working with the Tories to drag Scotland out of the EU against our will and to deny Scotland's right to choose our own future.

"This election is a crucial chance for people in Scotland to send a strong message to Boris Johnson and the Westminster parties - to stop Brexit, get rid of the Tories, and protect Scotland's democratic right to choose our own future.

"A strong team of SNP MPs can deprive the Tories of a majority and secure the best deal for Scotland - holding Jeremy Corbyn's feet to the fire on Brexit, demanding an end to austerity, securing investment for our communities, and putting Scotland's future in Scotland's hands.

"We need a strong voice for Scotland more than ever. We must come together in this election and make Scotland’s voice heard - and the best way to do that is to vote SNP.

"Don't sit back and let Boris Johnson choose your future for you - on 12th December vote SNP to escape Brexit, lock the Tories out of power, and put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."


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