Scottish Labour’s new leader Anas Sarwar was the guest speaker at yesterday’s official launch of Martin Whitfield’s Scottish Parliament election campaign.

Mr Sarwar told the members present at the virtual event that a ‘national recovery plan’ for Scotland will be the centrepiece of Scottish Labour’s election campaign, covering key priority areas for recovery from Covid, including jobs, the NHS, education, climate and communities.

Mr Sarwar also emphasised that Labour’s campaign will be driven by ‘unity, not division’ with a move away from the old arguments over Brexit and independence that dominated political debate before the start of the pandemic.

After Mr Sarwar’s contribution, Martin Whitfield spoke about his focus on supporting East Lothian’s recovery in the next Parliament, to ensure that local residents, communities and organisations receive the support and resources they need to recover and rebuild from Covid-19.

Following questions, Iain Gray MSP closed the meeting by thanking members for their support over the last 14 years and restating the importance of electing a strong Labour voice to Holyrood to continue defending East Lothian’s interests.

Anas Sarwar MSP said:

“Scottish Labour, under my leadership, will make a national recovery our only priority.

“We can’t rely on Boris Johnson’s Tories to deliver a recovery that works for everyone. They are happy to return to the failed economic model pre-Covid.

“We can’t rely on the SNP to prioritise recovery because they’ve already made clear that they will prioritise a referendum this year.

“It’s only by voting for us that you can guarantee that we have a parliament focused on recovery.”

Martin Whitfield said:

“This election is all about how we recover and rebuild after the pandemic and the fairer future that local people can have if we work together to focus on recovery.

“East Lothian needs a recovery plan that will deliver local jobs, remobilise our NHS, provide children with a comeback plan, deal with the climate emergency and support communities to rebuild.

“These are the issues I will focus on over the coming weeks to ensure that East Lothian’s people, communities and organisations have the support they need to come back stronger.”

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