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ELECTION 2021: This election must help create more equal Scotland, Labour candidate says

By Kyle Ritchie

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I AM standing as Scottish Labour’s candidate for Banffshire and Buchan Coast.

Scottish Labour candidate Georgia Strachan.
Scottish Labour candidate Georgia Strachan.

In my campaign, I will bring energy and bold ideas to the forefront. I want to see this election focusing on a national recovery plan for Scotland that listens to local priorities.

We need to tackle poor broadband connectivity which holds back learning and opportunities to work from home.

We need affordable, accessible public transport. I want to see a municipally-owned bus company that will respond to local needs and reinvest profits locally.

Finally, we need to tackle the drugs death crisis. This is a public health emergency that needs to be tackled from all sides with compassion.

Scottish Labour has made it clear that arguing with each other while our NHS loses funding, our children miss out on a world-class education and businesses see jobs going overseas is not the answer.

That’s why this election must be about delivering a National Recovery Plan that, at its heart, is about creating jobs, catching up on education and rebuilding our NHS – so we never again have to choose between treating a virus or treating cancer.

I want to make sure that local issues get the attention they deserve and that policies aren’t just to suit the central belt.

After 14 years in power, the SNP are going into this election promising things they could have already delivered and all the while we’re living the reality of light-touch policies on tackling Tory austerity.

The answer to improving lives in Scotland isn’t fighting over a referendum, it’s getting people back in work, ensuring our children and young people catch up on the education they’ve missed, and helping the NHS recover from the impact of the pandemic.

I want to see this done through a Just Transition, ensuring we bring everyone in Scotland with us as we create a greener, more equal Scotland.

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