Claudia Beamish MSP: At the start of Richard Leonard’s ‘Plan for Real Change in Scotland’ he states: “We need to win again for all those people in all those communities who need a Labour government in Scotland.” One fundamental challenge facing all of us in Scotland – as well as the rest of the world – is that of climate change. A Labour Government at Holyrood, led by Richard Leonard, will take decisive and radical action on this issue. Now that we have pushed the Scottish Government to prevent fracking with my member’s Bill Proposal, this dirty distraction will not get in the way of creating well paid, unionised jobs in the renewables sector as we move towards constructing a low carbon economy. Richard has a deep understanding the need for a just transition to the low carbon economy, working with trade unions, environmental NGOs, communities and businesses. He knows that all action must be assessed through criteria which ensure that not only are no communities and working people left behind in this process, but that they are in a position to benefit from it. Constant monitoring will be necessary and setting up a Just Transition Commission, independent of Government and answerable to the Scottish Parliament, to oversee this complex shift will be key to inclusive action.
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