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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.

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.... Read more

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.

 

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... Read more

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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.

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... Read more

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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?"

 

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. ... Read more

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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.

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... Read more

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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. 

Edinburgh Northern and Leith's 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... Read more

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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. 

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.... Read more

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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

 

 

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... Read more

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. 

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,... Read more

 

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Lord Advocate and Labour MP for Leith from 1970-79

Born: June 15,1922;

Died: September 27, 2016

LORD Murray, who has died aged 94, was at the forefront of Scottish public life for decades as a politician, an eminent lawyer, a judge and an anti-nuclear campaigner.

 

Obituary - Lord Murray, Lord Advocate and Labour MP

  Lord Advocate and Labour MP for Leith from 1970-79 Born: June 15,1922; Died: September 27, 2016 LORD Murray, who has died aged 94, was at the forefront of Scottish... Read more