Time to make the political weather

Sheila Gilmore  |  29 November 2017

With no forthcoming elections and a new leader, Scottish Labour has the opportunity to get back on track, writes Sheila Gilmore One thing I hope we can all agree on is that we don’t want another leadership election in Scotland anytime soon. Their regularity has become the subject of jokes; never a good look for …

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Stop apologising

Blair McDougall  |  6 October 2017

Scottish Labour stopped the unthinkable austerity and calamity of leaving the union. The new leader must remember how, and why, to win again in Scotland, argues Blair McDougall “Again!!??’ That was the message I got from a friend in London when yet another leader of Scottish Labour resigned. Given we are now picking our ninth leader since …

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A debt of gratitude

Sheila Gilmore  |  31 August 2017

Kezia Dugdale gave Scottish Labour a renewed confidence – and dragged it back to contention – and we owe it to her to build upon that legacy, writes Sheila Gilmore As a party we owe a great deal to Kezia Dugdale’s willingness to ‘step up to the plate’ in the difficult period following the 2015 general …

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Back from the dead

Duncan Hothersall  |  1 August 2017

Labour’s modest gains in Scotland have set the party on course for future success, believes Duncan Hothersall The headlines of the general election result in Scotland are by now well known. The Scottish National party’s all-conquering moment seems to be over, and the party’s internal dissenters have broken cover for the first time in a …

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Twice in a generation

Stephen Daisley  |  12 April 2017

Scotland’s non-nationalists approach a second referendum as a majority without a movement, writes Stephen Daisley It seems like only two and a half years since the last referendum on Scottish independence but the Scottish National party assures us a generation has passed, and I would advise you not to question them. It seldom ends well. Nicola Sturgeon has demanded a rerun of that …

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A leap forward in HIV prevention in Scotland

Duncan Hothersall  |  12 April 2017

The roll out of PrEP in Scotland signals a vital and long-awaited step towards ending HIV transmission, argues Scottish Hame editor Duncan Hothersall Campaigners have welcomed the long-awaited decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium to approve PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for routine use in NHS Scotland. HIV charities say wider access to the drug could help …

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Power to the people of England

George Foulkes  |  4 April 2017

Urgent action must be taken now to resolve the English democratic deficit and the divide between the south-east and rest of England, argues George Foulkes Last November I wrote an article for Progress arguing the case for a United Kingdom constitutional convention to deal with the English democratic deficit, reform of the House of Lords and …

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Labour members must muck in

Sheila Gilmore  |  22 March 2017

Labour’s ‘mass membership’ must be more than a shield for Jeremy Corbyn to hide behind when criticised, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore Dissension in the Labour party is often portrayed as ‘members v the parliamentary Labour party’. However ‘the members’ are by no means all of one view. There is a real and …

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Labour will fight for our union once more

Jenny Marra MSP  |  16 March 2017

While Nicola Sturgeon pursues independence at any cost, Scottish Labour will make the case for strong public services within the United Kingdom, argues Jenny Marra MSP On Monday, as Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to hold a second referendum on independence, news broke that the headteacher of Blairgowrie high school, the local school of John Swinney, …

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Long-haul thinking

Neil Bibby  |  9 December 2016

Only Heathrow expansion can provide for Scottish business Back in October we learned that after years of prevarication, the government would back a third runway at Heathrow. It was, the secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling said, ‘a momentous decision’. The great debate that has dominated British aviation for so long finally seems to be coming …

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