MAKING OUR MARK IN EUROPE AND THE WORLD
Thanks to my colleagues who have supported me, the
Constituencies who nominated me, all of you for to speaking to
Me and my colleagues who hope to represent Scotland in Europe.
I joined the SNP at 16 years of age,
My first subs were paid for with my paper round - in those days
I was paid a penny a paper!
It was a long paper-round.
What drew me to this party almost 25 years ago is that it best reflects the values of
Internationalism, Social democracy and compassion for those at
home and abroad that we all share.
In submitting my name, I am so conscious of the serious
Responsibility to deliver for the people of Scotland.
The responsibility to make our mark in Europe and across the
We all know what happens in Europe is crucial to Scotland.
Why else are our opponents trying using the EU as a scare story
Why else are they trying to create problems when none exist?
Why are they so scared of a strong Scottish voice in Europe?
What matters to Scotland is to build relationships and provide a
Positive contribution to the EU and beyond.
Our opponents prefer an insular and narrow minded argument
I hope to follow in some pretty big footsteps because over
Centuries scots have made their mark in Europe.
like the very first President of our party Robert Bontine
Cunninghame Graham, who
Made his mark travelling seeing the potential of a Europe of
Enterprise compassion and democracy
before becoming a folk hero in South America.
A former Liberal MP, founder of the Scottish Labour Party, who
Then made his political Journey to found the SNP
He remains an inspiration to all of us, and dare I say should to the labour party
Here in Scotland
After all he decided that the snp was the true home for the values
Of fairness and equality……………..
Some years later another great Scot, Winnie Ewing, an inspiration
to us all, gave Scotland a powerful Voice in Europe,
securing for the Scottish Highlands European Funding.
And now today in the European Parliament our mep’s are
Doing great work to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard.
So what do I want to do? I spent the first years of my life in
Drumchapel. I have seen communities in poverty. and seen the
desperate need for investment, and neglect from an uncaring
To suit its anti european agenda the UK Continues to fail to apply
for Funding that could transform Scottish Communities.
Whether it is funding for small and medium business, or social
funds to help the long term unemployed, I will fight to get the
best deal for Scotland
I want to represent Scotland to ensure all of our communities get
Access to funds vital in securing recovery
I want Scotland to continue to make its mark by showing our abilities as a nation to make
friends and to ensure that our interests are respected
In looking at the stories of our friends and partners, in Europe, we
can see why Independence is Essential.
Scots are being ground down by a cold, ideological cuts agenda
That few recognise or support.
If we are in a worldwide crisis why are other countries taking a
Take America, where President Obama recognises investment in
people and jobs is the most Effective recession busting strategy….
Can they see that at Westminster? No they can’t!
On my first day in Brussels I will fight against the tory
Threat to abandon the social chapter, an agreement that
has improved the lives of millions of working people including
here in Scotland
We know that Independence will protect the rights of working people
Westminster repeatedly fails to do so,
I support our MEP’s in seeking changes to Procurement
regulations, which are currently complex and problematic
So that decisions affecting Scottish workers and their families are
taken here in Scotland. so we can strengthen the
Rights of workers, so we can boost their wages, so we can create thriving communities,
I am ready to play my part in that transformation
Those who of you who know me are aware, in my Trade
Union Activism, my experience of negotiation, and the issues I hold dear.
In Europe I will work tirelessly on issues that matter and impact
on the lives of scots every single
standing up for our fishing communities
And our farming and rural communities
Standing up for the Cities where lack of investment has left
Deprivation that shame a country prevented from doing so much
More for its people
I will stand up for Every Scottish community abandoned by every
Selection for the list is a very great honour, as is the opportunity
To serve our nation.
I realise you have a difficult decision to make.
I know how I will cast my vote, but
Everyone submitting their name is an asset to our party.
I hope you support my nomination and
I look forward to campaigning alongside all of you for the
European election to come and as we deliver independence