18 March 2019
I am of course disappointed that some MPs have decided to leave the Labour Party but today’s events will not deter us from our mission of working to achieve real and lasting change here in Scotland, and as part of the wider effort to change the UK.
I believe as much today as on the day that I joined the Labour Party that it is Labour and Labour alone that can deliver the real and lasting change in the interests of the majority in our society. Labour, the party of the NHS, the Equal Pay Act, of devolution and the Scottish Parliament, and the minimum wage is today still the principal vehicle for change in our country.
Today’s events will simply mean that we will all redouble our efforts to achieve a better and more equal society based on those lasting values.
The manifesto all Labour MPs stood on in the 2017 general election was and remains a unifying vision. It saw the party make advances, including starting to win back seats in Scotland.
When young people are fighting for action on climate change it is time to come together for the future, not divide. The Tory Party’s failed solutions represent a dead end. We must do nothing to let them off the hook.
This coming Saturday Scottish Labour will be campaigning on the streets and in our communities, in order to win power in Holyrood and Westminster, not for ourselves but for the people who need it most.
Richard Leonard MSP
Scottish Labour Leader
18 March 2019