THE Labour Party in Scotland have now had their spring conference, and what have we learned?

It seems Sarwar lied when he told the BBC’s Martin Geissler that the Labour Party whips had been in touch with SNP whips regarding the call for a ceasefire in Gaza. The chief whip of the SNP categorically denied this had happened.

The Labour Party in Scotland passed a motion calling for a ceasefire – but what will happen when the two Labour MPs vote tomorrow?

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David Lammy on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg would not give a straight answer, and bounced around the question which only required a yes or no answer.

Rachel Reeves, responding while out campaigning, was very reluctant to even discuss the question of a ceasefire with a member of the public.

Sir Keir spoke at the conference on the last day to an anything-but-full conference hall – which when full holds 500 – and then ran away without speaking to journalists, ie running away from the question of a ceasefire. He did not give a clear response to the question of a ceasefire.

This does not bode well for a Labour government.

Winifred McCartney

SATURDAY’S National front page and pages four and five featured the Labour Party (Scotland) conference in Glasgow. There has been extensive coverage of it on TV, radio, press and social media. As a SNP member, it raised in my mind an obvious question – when is the SNP spring conference? I was looking forward to its possible return to Glasgow from the Aberdeen venue it seems to have favoured in recent years.

A brief email conversation with my branch secretary informed me that there is no SNP spring conference this year. Given the amount of media coverage a conference of Scotland’s governing party has the potential to generate, I am at a loss to understand this situation.

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Has the party’s financial situation been the main reason, or is there some other cunning plan? In any case it would be good if someone from SNP HQ could explain the logic, assuming there is any.

Saturday’s page six featured an article headed “ Yousaf hits campaign trail in Ross’s seat”. It seems First Minister Humza Yousaf was set to campaign in the Westminster seat of Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross.

Yousaf said it was time to “ensure Scotland is Tory-free” as he campaigned alongside SNP activists and the candidate for Moray West, Nairn and Strathspey, Graham Leadbitter. The Tories are making a pretty good job of Scotland being potentially Tory-free without needing much help from the SNP. While I am sure a fleeting visit from “the boss” will be welcomed by local activists and candidates I do wonder if that, given recent by-election results and opinion polls, basing the SNP’s entire campaign on trying to ensure Scotland is “Tory-free” is really a wise move.

While the SNP are targeting the small number of Tory seats, the Labour Party have their eye very firmly fixed on the large number of potentially vulnerable SNP seats. The UK General Election is now only months away. Perhaps the SNP need to seriously re-consider if their strategy makes any real sense.

Brian Lawson

I DOUBT that the windfall tax on the oil and gas industry proposed by UK Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer and supported by Scottish Labour’s Anas Sarwar will be fed back into reducing our energy bills.

I am reading that Sizewell C costs are rising and that there is a hunt ongoing for international investors. The estimated costs vary from £20 billion to £44bn and downstream users will need to stump up. I predict that this is where the UK will use any windfall receipts: to backfill the nuclear generation supply.

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Experts in the north-east’s oil and gas industry, if they are to be believed, say the windfall tax will cost the jobs of 20,000 to 40,000 at a minimum, and at worst case nearly 100,000 jobs in the north-east and throughout the energy supply chain.

The rowing back on Labour’s £28bn green budget commitment by Starmer may also be used to bring forward Hinkley C in Somerset, which has been delayed till 2031.

Alistair Ballantyne