The boss is back and we're ready to take the fight to the SNP

News from Scotland, brought to you by Cllr. Meghan Gallacher.


" Despite the challenging political climate, there was a real buzz about our conference. The Boss was back and ready to take the fight to the Nationalists. "









By: Meghan Gallacher


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At the beginning of the month, Conservative members from across Scotland

gathered in Aberdeen for our annual conference. This was our second attempt to

hold such an event on the East Coast due to the adverse weather conditions which

caused chaos throughout our United Kingdom last year.


Despite the challenging political climate, there was a real buzz about our conference.

The Boss was back and ready to take the fight to the Nationalists.


Whilst Ruth was on maternity leave, our Deputy Leader, Jackson Carlaw, rose to the

challenge of Scottish Conservative Party Leader, and we have a lot to thank him for.

Not only did he manage to keep the ship steady, he also confronted Nicola Sturgeon

- on a weekly basis during First Ministers Questions - on her Scottish Government’s

dismal record on the economy, education, health and our justice system. He also

ensured that Scottish Labour remained where they belong, polling in third place.


With Ruth now being back at the helm, this meant steering our attention towards the

Scottish Parliamentary Election in 2021. It’s no secret that during the 2016 election,

our Party campaigned to be the official opposition to the SNP in Holyrood. It was an

unusual campaign, but we were able to send a message to the Nationalists that the

Scottish Conservatives stood up for hard working Scots and our place in the United

Kingdom. But we now have a new challenge. We can’t repeat the same campaign in

2021. We need to show voters that we can govern, and that Ruth should be the next

First Minister of Scotland. To do this, we also need to address the constitutional

issues dominating British politics.


The message from our conference was “Scotland Together”. This meant no more

divisions and no more referendums. Afterall, we have had our fair share of elections

and referendums and I’m not surprised that many Scots are tired. That’s why during

Ruth’s conference speech, she laid out an alternative vision, one that sees policy

take precedent over the constitution, where education and health is more important

than discussing hypothetical currencies in an independent Scotland. It was a breath

of fresh air.


The EU election was England and Wales first real taste of a divisive referendum.

Unfortunately for Scots, we have already experienced relationship breakdowns

between family and friends, abuse and smear campaigns. In fact, we are still

recovering from the Scottish Independence referendum which took place in 2014.

Brexit, therefore, cannot continue to dictate the narrative of our wider Party. We must

get over this hurdle and heal divisions between our “Brexiteers” and our

“Remainers”. Otherwise, we are no better than the SNP trying to divide our great

nation.


Preserving the 300-year-old relationship will always be a priority for a Scottish

Conservative. However, when it comes to the European Union, the United Kingdom

once thrived without it, and we will do the same again.


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Cllr. Meghan Gallacher is an elected councillor for the Motherwell West ward on North Lanarkshire Council.