Scottish Labour has called on those who believe in progressive politics to stand together

Scottish Labour has called on those who believe in progressive politics to stand together after the European elections results.

Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont said:

"Our party’s recovery continues and we take heart from that. But we are not immune to forces across Europe. From Poland to France, Greece to Scotland we have seen the rise of nationalism and Scotland now has three nationalist MEPs.

"We have the same number of UKIP MEPs as London, although London has a greater number of MEPs who represent progressive politics. Our task now is to change our politics from a politics of identity to a politics of ideas. It is ideas not identity which improves people's lives.

"Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage represent the same things, but our country deserves better than the simple analysis that our neighbours are the problem dressed up in saloon bar charm.

"Those of us who believe in a just and fair Scotland need to stand firm in the face of these two. We need a politics which addresses the real problems Scots face, and not one which seeks to cut down straw men while the likes of Salmond and Farage pursue divisive agendas.

"It is time for everyone in Scotland who truly believes in progressive politics to stand together."

26 May 2014

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