Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard has addressed the local party’s AGM at Prestonpans Labour Club, with the message that Labour will end austerity and rebuild Scotland’s economy and communities.
This was the first time Mr Leonard, who was elected leader in December last year, had spoken at an East Lothian Labour event and also his first time at the Labour Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
At the AGM, as well as the speech and Q & A from Mr Leonard, the party also elected a new Executive Committee for the year ahead with Colin Yorkston continuing as Chair and Grant Dugdale from the Tranent branch succeeding Cllr Fiona O’Donnell as Secretary.
Speaking after the meeting, Iain Gray MSP said:
“We were pleased to welcome Richard to the AGM and to the Labour Club for the first time. He spoke about Scottish Labour’s belief that it is time to end the vicious cycle of austerity, initiated by the Tory UK Government and timidly passed on by the SNP, and rebuild Scotland’s economy and communities.
“This is as vital in East Lothian, where we have seen years of SNP cuts hit our essential council services and damage communities, as it is across Scotland. East Lothian Labour will always protect local services and we’ll be campaigning with Richard to ensure our county gets the funding and support it needs to prosper.”