Scottish Labour is at a turning point: we can once again become a party of real change, offering people a sense of hope out of despair.
Our society is deeply divided, poverty and inequality is rife: with the richest one per cent in Scotland today owning more personal wealth than the whole of the bottom fifty per cent. Too much power rests in too few hands.
So this is no time to tinker around the edges. We cannot manage our way out of it. We need a Scottish Labour leader who can build on the General Election which offered a radical vision of change, extending public ownership, ending austerity and redistributing wealth and power.
These are the very values that brought me in to the Scottish Labour Party over thirty years ago, and they are the values that drive me on today.
That is why I believe that I am the best placed candidate to win back those lost Labour votes, to win over those younger voters, and to bring renewed belief to those voters who have stuck with us.
The mandate I seek is from you, I will be answerable to the Scottish Labour Party at all times. I hope that you will consider voting for me.
So that together we can make the real change Scotland needs.