In defeat, Scottish Labour can either find a quick fix to our long-term problems or we can make the radical changes our movement needs to reconnect with Scotland.
The Labour Party has always championed fairness and tackling inequality, but in the past our internal structures have not reflected that same drive for equality. We need to become more open, more transparent and we must shift control of our party from the corridors of power to the communities of Scotland.
With over 300 Councillors working day in day out, it’s time to ensure they have a real say in the leadership of our party. That’s why I believe the next Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party should come from local government.
We will only rebuild trust by reconnecting with the people we seek to represent and Councillors must lead the way in that process. Over the weekend I emailed a video message to all Scottish Labour Councillors urging colleagues to back my proposals: