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I was the Head of Policy and Public Affairs at UNISON Scotland until my retirement in September 2018. I now work on several policy development projects, so all views are very definitely my own. You can also follow me on Twitter. I hope you find this blog interesting and I would welcome your comments.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Towards May 2011

It was our annual Labour Link policy seminar at the weekend. Obviously some looking back at the recent UK General Election and the political environment in general. But the main focus was on the vision Scottish Labour should adopt for the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2011.

If there is one message from the positive result in Scotland compared with England, it is that Labour voters cannot be motivated to turn out and vote on a diet of New Labour ideology. Labour's message in Scotland since devolution has been different, and the election result shows that it is more in tune with our natural supporters.

So for 2011 we need a bold vision that reflects Labour's traditional values, set in a modern context. We debated a draft submission to the Scottish Policy Forum's second stage consultation document that seeks to do just that.

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