Speaking in ‘Scotland’s Future, Democracy and Devolution’ Debate

With today being exactly a year since the referendum, it’s fitting that this week I took part in the Scottish Government’s debate on Scotland’s future, democracy and devolution at The Scottish Parliament.

I argued that the Scottish Labour Party is focused not just on making sure that the Scottish Parliament gets the powers that it needs, but on how we will use those powers to improve the lives of people across the country.

We know that Scotland is one of the most centralised nations in Europe, with our local authorities’ powers decreasing in recent years.

I believe that responsibility over key policy areas needs to be handed back to regional government, and the new powers that are coming to our Parliament will be a perfect opportunity to do that.

You can read my speech in full here.

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