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    Have your say on the Labour party manifesto

      The General Election on 8 June gives us all a huge opportunity to elect a Labour government to make our country work for the many, not just the few. The Labour Party invites you to share your priorities for the forthcoming general election.  In the coming weeks the party will be publishing the election manifesto setting out Labour's proposals.
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    So much for fixed term parliaments

    So much for fixed term parliaments – remember, never, ever trust a Tory.  Whatever the motivation behind the General Election announcement – political opportunism or whatever– we face an almighty challenge.  
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    Brexit and Independence two sides of the same coin.

                        Scottish Labour rejects a narrow nationalist view of the world. Nationalism, an ideology on the rise the world over, is about breaking apart and creating division. Brexit and independence: two sides of the same coin.
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    Our Vision For Local Government

    This is the speech delivered by Alex Rowley, deputy leader of Scottish Labour, as the party launched its “vision” for local government in the run-up to council elections in May.  "Today we are publishing our vision for local government in Scotland. Strong local councils accountable to local people putting those people and communities at the heart of everything they do. This document is not a list of commitments of what Labour councils will do. That is something that local Labour parties in each local authority area will set out in their own local manifestoes in the coming weeks. But by publishing a national vision of local government, we want to use these next few months in the lead up to the local council elections to encourage a discussion across Scotland about public services. What kind of public services do we want to have in our local communities?  What should be the role of local councils in planning, paying for and providing local services?  How effective are those services at the moment in meeting the growing needs and demands of 21st Century Scotland? What is the strategic role of local councils in setting priorities and driving the local and regional economies of Scotland?"  
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    SNP budget cuts bite hard!

          The SNP's budget includes a £327million cut for the valued services that our councils deliver, like schools and care for the elderly. Behind that figure is the devastating reality that services used by everybody will suffer as a result. These are cuts that will hit everybody, but particularly hurt the most vulnerable. It is a budget the Tories would be proud of. It is a shambolic mess that continues to unravel. Labour cannot and will not stand back while public services are subjected to more brutal SNP cuts.
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    Side by Side Gathering

    Housing and care services are in crisis. Can local community co-operatives help to meet local needs? These are questions for a radical new community project in Edinburgh Northern and Leith. Side by Side aims to explore how we can learn from each other and work together to create positive practical change in our local neighbourhood. 
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    Kezia Dugdale - we are shaping our country for the better

    Before Holyrood’s summer recess Scottish Labour won an anti-fracking vote in Parliament. It was an important message to the SNP Government, who did not support our proposed ban.   In winning that vote in those first days following the Scottish elections it showed that we, as a party and a movement, would not run away from the commitments we made in our manifesto and that we would seek to use every opportunity to shape our country for the better. We’ve been carrying on that message throughout our work this summer, putting forward a Labour vision of a Scotland free from austerity and cuts, where our communities can thrive. As Holyrood’s first week back draws to a close, that work has already paid off with Labour victories for gender equality legislation, university grants for care leavers and mental health support for young people. These are early days in this Parliament, but our party has stepped up to the challenge and we can be proud that we are already winning victories for the people of Scotland as we build toward the council elections next year. You can read more about the impact we have had in Parliament below. Best, Kez Kezia Dugdale Scottish Labour Leader    
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    Broken Promises, Budget Cuts and Backward steps- The SNP in Government

    This week, the SNP held its tenth annual conference since it formed the Scottish Government. That is nearly a decade in power. From our NHS to our schools, our railways, and our police services, it is the SNP that is in charge. It’s time for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to take ownership of a decade of SNP government, which is littered with broken promises, budget cuts, and backwards steps. 
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