Scottish Parliament Election 2016: 19/04/2016 Party Election Broadcasts: Scottish Labour Party


Scottish Parliament Election 2016: 19/04/2016

A party election broadcast by the Scottish Labour Party.


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I never expected to be elected leader

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of the Scottish Labour Party last year

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and it's an immense responsibility.

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But it's also a huge honour and a privilege.

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Scottish politics has changed and the Scottish Labour Party

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simply has to change with it, and that's what we've done.

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The Scottish Labour Party has a huge number of amazing achievements -

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the National Health Service, the Scottish Parliament,

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introduction of the National Minimum Wage.

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It's done these great things in our country

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and I think it can do equally great things again.

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When I'm out across Scotland,

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it reminds me why I wanted to do this job.

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There's so much potential and promise out there and I want to see

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every person in Scotland be able to make the most of their lives.

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We've been through a lot in Scotland over the past couple of years,

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but the past doesn't need to determine the future.

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And that's as true for our young people as it is for our country.

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I'm the daughter of two teachers,

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I was brought up with a profound belief that education,

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that schools can transform people's lives.

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For too many people, they don't get those same opportunities to

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be everything that they can be.

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I was really lucky, I had a great education, a great experience

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at school, and I want that for every single child in this country.

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But we used to have the best education system in the world.

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I want to close the gap between

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the richest and the poorest kids in this country.

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I think it's fundamentally unjust that where you were born

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determines where you're going.

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In the past few months we've seen the SNP government cut

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education budgets and the budgets for vital public services.

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It doesn't have to be this way.

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We can choose to do things differently in the Scottish Parliament now,

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protect our public services and stop the cuts.

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We've got a simple plan.

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There's nothing inevitable about cuts.

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We can choose to do things differently, and that's what I want to do.

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I want to invest in our children's future, to invest in Scotland's future.

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And faced with that choice between using

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the powers of our Parliament or cutting into our children's future

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and just accepting Tory austerity,

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the Labour Party chooses to use the powers to make different choices.

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I've been attacked by the Tories, by the SNP,

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both making the same arguments,

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that we shouldn't ask the richest 1% to pay a little more.

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But I'm not going to stop, because we can't afford to

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cut into our schools, to cut into our children's future.

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It doesn't have to be this way. We can make different choices.

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We need real change now.

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