New SNP leader Yousaf pledges to unite party


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Humza Yousaf spoke immediately after being announced as winner of the SNP leadership election – here are the key points:


Unsurprisingly, a main focus of that speech was the new SNP leader’s intention to carry on fighting for Scottish independence. He wants to be the person to make this long-time promise a reality, he told those sitting before him.

Quote Message: My solemn commitment to you is that I will kickstart our grassroots, civic-led movement and ensure our drive for independence is in fifth gear. The people of Scotland need independence now more than ever before, and we will be the generation that delivers it.” from Humza Yousaf SNP leader

Humza YousafSNP leader

Immediate vision

His priorities will be to continue to “protect” Scottish people from the “harm” inflicted by the cost of living crisis, to “recover and reform” the NHS and other vital public services, to support the economy and to improve the life chances of people across Scotland.

UK government

In a look ahead to what could be one of the hardest issues Yousaf will inherit, he told SNP members he’s had his “fair share of battles with the UK government over the years” – and acknowledged there may be more to come.

“I will work with them, and with other devolved nations constructively, where I can in the best interests of our nation,” he said of Rishi Sunak’s government.

Family and identity

In an emotional tribute to his family, Yousaf praised his wife and daughters as well as his grandparents who he thanked for making “the trip from the Punjab to Scotland over 60 years ago”.

Quote Message: We should all take pride in the fact that today we have sent a clear message, that your colour of skin, your faith, is not a barrier to leading the country we all call home. From the Punjab to our parliament, this is a journey over generations that reminds us that we should celebrate migrants who contribute so much to our country.”