Today is four years since Scotland’s referendum on independence. I am proud to represent a constituency which voted Yes. Much has changed since the vote.
We have had further austerity. Further cuts to social security. Further wage suppression. Further tax cuts for the rich. More and more policies that attack our communities and the services we all care about.
We have also had Scotland’s will ignored on the EU and the powers of our Parliament stolen from under us while the Tories hurtle towards a far right, no deal Brexit which would turn our economy into a playground for the rich.
As the MP for Motherwell and Wishaw for the past three years, I have seen the ability and determination of the people here. Whether it be the staff at the foodbank working to ensure families are fed; the NHS staff treating our ill; or our teachers educating the next generation which will take Scotland forward.
I want a more prosperous and equal Scotland for our next generation where people can live and work with dignity and mutual respect. That Scotland depends on us today making the right decisions for tomorrow and it can only be Scotland that makes those decisions – no one else.