Under the new leadership team – in just 50 days – Scottish Labour has changed. Now we want to change Scotland.
But with less than 100 days to go until the General Election in May, changing our party is not enough. We need to change Scotland.
The only guarantee of the change Scotland needs is to get rid of David Cameron, and elect a Labour government in May.
Only the Labour Party is big enough and strong enough across the whole of the UK to kick David Cameron out of Downing Street. A vote for any party other than Scottish Labour risks letting the Tories in the back door. That’s not what the majority of Scots want. Only by voting for Scottish Labour can we stop that happening.
Scottish Labour has:
- Announced funding for 1,000 extra NHS nurses through a Mansion Tax on homes across the UK worth more than £2 million
- Called for the SNP to back Labour’s £100m NHS Frontline Fund to allow hospitals facing extra pressure to have planned surgery at the weekends and diagnostics in the evening.
- Announced a Scottish Labour Government would introduce a triple-lock system to stop fracking in Scotland.
- Spearheaded urgent action to support jobs and investment in the North Sea oil industry at a time of crisis.
- Called for the SNP to back Labour’s plan for a resilience fund to be used in times of crisis for some of Scotland’s crucial industries and to deal with the consequences of large scale redundancies on local economies.
- Forced the SNP to scrap the women’s super-prison in Inverclyde.
- Called for the implementation in full of the recommendations of the Angiolini report on women’s offending.
- Proposed a change to the Scottish Labour constitution with a commitment to a patriotic,powerful and permanent Scottish Parliament.
- Called for a People’s ScotRail – a public sector bid to run Scotland’s railways
- Announced that a Scottish Labour Government would have a renewed and unrelenting focus on the 20 schools in Scotland that the SNP Government in Edinburgh is failing.
- Demanded an apology for the 12,000 people who had not been treated within the legal waiting time limit of 12 weeks under the Scottish Government’s Treatment Time Guarantee.
- Taken Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet on the road to talk to the people of Scotland.
- Hired twenty new organisers to lead our campaign to win May’s general election.
- Called for City Deals for all of Scotland’s cities
- Called for the immediate devolution of the Work Programme to Local Authorities to get Scots into work.
- Called for a long term solution to student support budget shortfalls in Scotland’s colleges.
- Demanded the Scottish Government set up a Scottish Office for Budget Responsibility.
- Successfully called on the Scottish Government to double the number of MND specialist nurses.
- Released a living wage plan to deliver a pay rise for half a million Scots
- Successfully arranged an Oil Summit involving the Scottish Government, UK Government, local authorities and trades unions to support jobs in the North East
- Promised a local referendum before any fracking can take place in our local communities.
- Announced Scottish Labour would stop the spread of Fixed Odd Betting Terminals using new Smith powers.
- Committed Labour to introducing a Home Rule Bill within 100 days of winning the General Election.
- Supported Knighthoods for football legends Billy McNeil and John Greig.
- Urged broadcasters to show all Scottish national football games on television.
- Promised to raise educational attainment for all.
- Announced Scottish Labour would double the number of teaching assistants in the primary schools that are associated with the secondary schools which the SNP Government in Edinburgh has failed.
- Introduced £1 membership of the Scottish Labour Party.
- Urged the Scottish Government to support DevoMax within Scotland.
- Launched MyFuture Scotland initiative – letting Scotland’s young people shape the future of the Scottish Labour Party.
- Called for a cap on household energy bills to tackle the cost of living crisis.
- Urged the Scottish Government to reinstate university research funding
- Announced a gender balanced Shadow Cabinet and committed to at least 50% of a future Scottish Labour cabinet being women.
- Called for the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.
- Called for an inquiry into V&A overspend in Dundee.
- Supported an opt-out system for organ donations
- Voted for an energy regulator with the power to cut energy bills.
- Supported the continuation of Barnett Formula against SNP opposition.
- Reached out to Yes voters, targeting the 190,381 voters who backed Labour at the 2010 UK election but then voted Yes in the independence referendum.
- Criticised the SNP Government in Edinburgh for an underspend of £444 million.
- Called for urgent action from the SNP Government for our NHS as a new report shows the Scottish NHS is performing worse than the English NHS.
- Backed the Job Creation (Scotland) Bill for the immediate devolution of job creating powers to Scotland.
- Delivered on the Vow.
- Launched “Skills Match” ensuring the skills of every Scottish Labour Party member are used.
- Called for greater priority to be given to mental health research after new figures show a huge drop in research funding under the SNP Government.
- Called for Dundee City Council to work with the Scottish Government to bring a share of the £30 billion oil industry decommissioning jobs to Dundee.
- Demanded the weekly publication of A&E statistics, as happens in England.
- Supported a 50p top rate of tax using the new powers being delivered through the Smith Commission.
- Called for our Scottish NHS to be exempted from TTIP, to block US private healthcare in Scotland
- Irritated Boris Johnson.
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