Miliband's dog whistle politics not for Scotland
The SNP has today (Friday) said that Ed Miliband’s one-size-fits-all approach to immigration further highlights the need for decisions on Scotland’s future to be made in Scotland - rather than by a Labour party which is echoing the failed Tory election campaign of 2005.
Mr Miliband neglected to mention the demand for additional workers in parts of Scotland or how his proposed restrictions would impact on these local economies.
SNP Business and Enterprise spokesperson Mike Weir MP argued that Scotland needed a more flexible approach to immigration.
"This is nothing more than dog whistle politics from Ed Miliband. He sounds more like the Tories and Michael Howard in 2005 than the leader of a progressive party.
"Clearly Labour has not learnt their lesson from Gordon Brown’s ‘British jobs for British workers’ embarrassment.
"Scotland has diverse labour market needs and demands so a flexible approach to immigration which would help the economic recovery is what is needed.
"The decisions about Scotland's future are best made here in Scotland - not by politicians in Westminster."
Mr Weir earlier this week pressed the Scotland Secretary on concerns within the farming and fruit growers sector over UK Government plans to end the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) from next year.
The scheme allows EU accession state workers to harvest crops on farms in the UK for periods up to six months.
"There are growing concerns within the sector over the ending of this scheme, with some producers warning it could lead to shortages of certain produce.
"It is crucial that the UK Government devise a successor scheme and the industry needs to have confidence that this is on the agenda now.
"The UK Government previously attempted to end the scheme in 2010 but, after the industry raised concerns, it won a reprieve. The same needs to happen again to secure the future of the sector.
"This is a vital part of the Scottish economy, and particularly of areas such as Angus – in total the horticultural industry, fruit vegetables and flower production contributed some £241 million to the Scottish economy in 2010, the total for the UK is over £3billion."