The SNP needs a real change in direction - and a more focussed approach to arguing the case for independence. We need to reach out to a much wider audience and stop relying on the Scottish Parliament as the sole focus of our campaigning. It is one of the most important tools we have but cannot be the be-all and end-all of the independence argument.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Nomination forms lodged

My Leadership nomination papers were lodged at 2.30 this afternoon [Thursday].

I have been extremely encouraged by the levels of support I have been receiving from right across Scotland and I am looking forward to getting around the country during the campaign, meeting with members and debating the issues that matter to them.

Winning Independence for Scotland is what this party is all about.

We need to show that Independence brings equality - with Independence we can build the socially just society that we want to see instead of topping the tables for ill-health and child poverty.

We need to show that Independence is equality - with Independence Scotland can speak with its own voice in Europe and in the world as an equal instead of being a junior partner in an unbalanced union.

Scotland is a nation and the normal status for a nation is Independence. SNP members know where they want to go, it is my job to show them that I have the drive, the passion and the ability to lead the way.

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