Now more than ever Scotland needs a united Labour Party committed to real and bold change. I have always believed that it is important to act according to Labour principles rather than simply manage, manoeuvre and position to win support. This means taking more chances. Labour is in third place, and unless we are audacious now we will never win back the support of the people of Scotland.
And that must be our aim. The Labour vote is picking up. But that is not enough. We need to win power – not power for its own sake, but power for a purpose.
That is why I have decided to seek to be the next Leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Not simply to be the leader of a strong opposition in Holyrood, but to lead the Labour Party across Scotland and so to be the next Labour First Minister.
For too long people have heard what we are against, but not what we are for.
It is time for a Scottish Labour vision for the new society we want to build: based on full employment in a sustainable economy, funding properly our public services, providing dignity for our pensioners and hope for our young.
With your support, we can make that vision a reality.