At the end of July, I made my first major speech as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland here in our constituency at Morningside Parish Church.

I argued that the way people engage with politics has changed, but the way the Scottish Labour Party has worked hasn’t kept pace and that as former Labour leader John Smith said, we have to once again earn the opportunity to serve the people of Scotland and the UK. I also reflected on my own re-election here in Edinburgh South and the lessons that can be learned.

You can read my speech by clicking here

We have a new leadership team in Kezia Dugdale MSP and Alex Rowley MSP. A fresh team, a fresh approach, a new generation. I’ll play my part in whatever way I can – the hard work has begun.

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