• Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland campaigning ahead of the snap election on June 8
  • Poll suggests Labour faces losing its sole remaining MP north of the border
  • Corbyn will urge voters not to write off his chances of making Downing Street 

James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to avert a wipeout in Scotland with polls showing the party could lose its sole remaining MP

Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to avert a wipeout in Scotland with polls showing the party could lose its sole remaining MP

Jeremy Corbyn is fighting to avert a wipeout in Scotland with polls showing the party could lose its sole remaining MP

Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland today fighting to stave off an electoral wipeout amid warnings his bungling could guarantee the break-up of the UK.

The Labour leader is hoping to revive his party’s fortunes north of the border with a pledge to repeal ‘vicious’ Tory trade union legislation.

He will urge voters not to write off his chances of winning the keys to Downing Street – despite dire polls and a car-crash interview yesterday in which he made clear he would never use the nuclear deterrent and would stop airstrikes on ISIS in Syria.

It is the first time Mr Corbyn has ventured to Scotland since Theresa May fired the starting gun on the snap election last week.

But the veteran left-winger is not expected to visit the only constituency Labour still holds there.

The row over his lax attitude to security will also dog Mr Corbyn – as the conference he is addressing is due to vote against renewing Trident nuclear weapons.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said all Mr Corbyn offered was the potential to ‘put our country’s future at risk’ by helping the SNP’s demands for independence.

A Panelbase poll over the weekend laid bare the grim picture for Labour in Scotland – suggesting it is on track to lose its last stronghold of Edinburgh South.

By contrast, a Conservative surge could see its 2015 tally of one Scottish MP increase to as many as 12 at the general election on June 8.

The survey, conducted for the Sunday Times, found the Tories were on 33 per cent north of the border – 11 points behind the SNP but 20 per cent ahead of Labour.

If 11 new seats did fall to the Tories it would be the party’s best performance in Scotland since the 1970’s and end a near wipe out that began in the 1980s.

Speaking at a trade union conference in Scotland later, Mr Corbyn will pledge to repeal legislation imposing tougher rules on the bodies, and also commit to inquiries into the practice of blacklisting, and the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ in the miners’ strike.

Addressing the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Aviemore, Mr Corbyn will say: ‘Labour will never, ever apologise for the closeness of our relationship with the trade union movement, you are our family.

‘That is why one of the very first things we will do when forming our Labour Government will be to repeal the vicious Tory Trade Union Act. Giving working people the rights to collectively organise and make their lives better, safer and more content.

‘We will open inquiries into blacklisting and Orgreave. And we urge the Scottish Government to set up an inquiry into the actions of the Scottish police during the miners’ strike.’

A Panelbase poll of voters intentions in the Westminster election found the Tories, led in Scotland by Ruth Davidson, on 33 per cent - 11 points behind the SNP but an extraordinary 20 clear of Labour 

A Panelbase poll of voters intentions in the Westminster election found the Tories, led in Scotland by Ruth Davidson, on 33 per cent - 11 points behind the SNP but an extraordinary 20 clear of Labour 

A Panelbase poll of voters intentions in the Westminster election found the Tories, led in Scotland by Ruth Davidson, on 33 per cent – 11 points behind the SNP but an extraordinary 20 clear of Labour 

Nationwide polls show the Conservative Party with a commanding lead and on track to extend their majority at the election on June 8 

A Labour government would ‘challenge the rigged system that is holding our country back’ and would ‘stand for the many not the few’.

Mr Corbyn will add: ‘While the timing of the election was unexpected, the choice is clear and the stakes are high. Let no-one be in any doubt, we are in this election to win it and we will fight for every seat in every corner of these isles.

‘The choice facing the country is clear. It’s the people versus the powerful.’

Labour is also promising workers a ‘real living wage of £10 an hour’ by 2020 and to end the cap on public sector pay.

Mr Corbyn will also vow: ‘We will end the need for food banks.

‘We will upgrade our economy to create wealth for all through investment in our infrastructure, helping our small businesses, delivering high skill jobs and ending poverty pay.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson  warned that Mr Corbyn would 'put our nation's future at risk'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson  warned that Mr Corbyn would 'put our nation's future at risk'

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson  warned that Mr Corbyn would ‘put our nation’s future at risk’

‘We will put conditions on the massive public spending budget with private business to ensure no company wins a public contract if they avoid or evade taxes, don’t pay their local suppliers on time, or don’t recognise trade unions.

‘We will never put tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthiest above our vital public services like our social care system and NHS. And we will give schools and colleges, those engines of opportunity, the funding they need.’

Labour currently only holds Edinburgh South, down from 41 seats before the 2015 ballot that saw the SNP tsunami sweep 56 out of the 59 Scottish seats.

Ms Davidson said: ‘The choice for Scottish voters at this election is between the Conservatives standing up for the Union and focusing on getting the best deal in the Brexit negotiations, or Jeremy Corbyn and the SNP putting our nation’s future at risk.

‘Corbyn couldn’t be bothered to campaign in the independence referendum and he has already said he would do a deal with the SNP. And the last time he was in Scotland he said he was ‘absolutely fine’ with a second referendum.

‘On top of that, there’s no way he could get a good deal from the other European leaders.

‘Only the Conservatives can bring the SNP’s nationalist caravan to a halt and provide the leadership we need to get the best possible deal out of Europe.’

 

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