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Labour rivals' equality pledges.

Scottish Labour's leadership hopefuls have focused on gender equality as the contest to succeed Kezia Dugdale continues.

Anas Sarwar promised to help women who have been affected by state pension age increases.

He said new powers coming to Holyrood could be used to mitigate changes, pledging to lodge amendments to the Social Security Bill to allow a Scottish Pension Credit to be introduced.

He said: "Thousands of women born in the 1950s have been left facing real financial difficulty because of the lack of notice given by the cruel Tory Government about changes to the state pension. "We need action to end the hardship faced by women who have worked all their lives and find they cannot retire as planned."

His rival Richard Leonard has promised to address the gender gap at school by creating a "gender equality training standard" for teachers to help eliminate gender bias in classrooms.

He has also proposed the "targeted use of gender quotas in modern apprenticeships where there is a high level of occupational segregation, such as social care and construction".

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 15, 2017
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