THE Alba Party’s Ash Regan has submitted a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on MSPs to condemn Sir Keir Starmer’s “praise of the legacy” of Margaret Thatcher.

The motion was lodged yesterday and is being published today.

Scottish Labour MSPs will be in the spotlight as they face calls to back the move and distance themselves from Labour leader Starmer.

The text of Regan’s motion reads:

“That the Parliament condemns the comments of the Leader of the Opposition of the UK Parliament that the Conservative Government led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher brought ‘meaningful change to the UK’; notes that throughout this period the Conservative Government allowed the failure of British Steel’s mill at Gartcosh, the Invergordon aluminium smelter and the Corpach pulp mill which would further lead to the closure of Ravenscraig that signalled the end of large-scale steel making in Scotland, resulting in a direct loss of 770 jobs, and another 10,000 jobs linked to these; further recognises that the blatant injustice of the Poll Tax being introduced in Scotland provoked protests and demonstrations and non-payment; and recognises that this resulted in the campaign for a Scottish Parliament as a democratic advance becoming something that was absolutely essential to protect Scotland.”