Richard Leonard :
Our country belongs to every one of us. It is a place of spirit and of hope.
We have a proud history of communities working and living together, supporting each other, even at the most difficult of times.
But our country has been moving in the wrong direction.
The hard work and sacrifices of the many have been given away to a few.
While people struggled, they grew wealthier. And while they wanted for nothing, many went without.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We have the talent, we have the means, we have the imagination to be so much more.
Scottish Labour believes in the people of our country. In their spirit, and in the warmth and kindness they have for their families and their communities.
We won’t let that spirit be dampened or divided.
We believe that we all deserve to be encouraged, valued and respected.
Labour’s vision for Scotland, our vision for the UK, is one where we all support each other instead of a race to the bottom.
Labour’s economic plan will work for all of us, in every part of our country.
Instead of giving tax breaks to a few, we’ll invest in our people, in our communities, in our industries.
We will create good jobs with a living wage for everyone, and end exploitative zero hours contracts.
We will make sure that people are protected at work, at home, and in their neighbourhoods.
We will invest in our National Health Service and we will invest in social care to ensure dignity to our people in older age.
We will give power back to local communities, helping them to protect the vital services on which they depend.
Labour will do all of this because we believe in what our country can be.
A country that doesn’t walk by on the other side. One that cares for the most vulnerable, that rewards a hard day’s work and supports families struggling to cope.
A country that values all of its people, whatever their background and wherever they want to go.
They’ll say it can’t be done. They’ll say we can’t afford it.
But we live in one of the richest countries in the world, which is why in the face of austerity the people of Scotland are being let down by the Tories and by the Scottish Government too.
We resolve to make better choices.
Working together, sharing an ambition and sharing the rewards, we can change our country for the better.
Labour will rebuild Scotland, we will rebuild Britain, for the many, not the few.
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