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John Cumming: Welcome Address to Glasgow for YSI Summer Conference

Below is John Cumming's address welcoming YSI members to Glasgow for the organisations Summer Conference. Check against delivery.

Friends, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you this morning to Glasgow: Scotland’s largest city and our cultural capital.

In 2014, 53% of Glaswegians voted ‘Yes’ to independence.

In 2016, we voted to remain in the EU by 66%

And just last weekend, we won 43.8% of the vote in the EU elections with a vast majority of voters once again supporting parties with a strong remain stance.

Conference, Glasgow represents so much of what we want to achieve with independence.

An inclusive, welcoming, and outward-looking city with a growing international reputation.

As the convener of YSI Glasgow it is an honor and a privilege to welcome you here today for YSI Summer Conference 2019.

Glasgow has shown consistent commitment to the European project and no wonder.

This city has benefited significantly from EU membership. It has allowed EU citizens to make our city their home and contribute to daily life here, it has allowed Glaswegians to travel all across Europe to live, work and study and it has provided crucial funding to institutions like the University of Strathclyde to fund world-leading research and development.

The huge amount of support for the SNP last Thursday didn’t just represent support for the EU, it also signified a continued endorsement of our SNP led city government in Glasgow – working day-in and day-out to improve the lives of local people.

After only 2 years in power, the record of the SNP city Government in Glasgow is one we can be rightly proud of.

Since our victory in 2017 we have…

- Introduced the holiday hunger programme to provide some of the most deprived children in Glasgow with meals during the school holidays

- Oversaw the highest levels of inward investment creating 1000s of new jobs

- Established Glasgow’s first low emissions zone

- Declared a climate emergency

- And of course, we ended decades long pay discrimination by delivering life changing equal pay settlements to women across the city.

That’s our SNP city Government, getting on with the day job, delivering for local people right across this city.

And conference, it’s often very easy to underestimate how important this is.

The SNP’s ambition and aspiration for this city are crucial to generating ambition and aspiration among the people of Glasgow and the people of Scotland.

On Wednesday the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon published the Referendums (Scotland) Bill to set out the rules for any future referendum to be held in Scotland.

This bill will set out the guidelines by which a second referendum on Scottish independence would operate.

Conference, we are approaching that referendum and that campaign.

It’s our time to play a leading role in that campaign, to get out there, have those conversations and build a better future for Scotland.

Conference, we need begin work now to ensure that next time, like Glasgow, every part of Scotland believes in independence as part of Europe.

This is a campaign for our future. Therefore, it is only right that we should be at the very heart of that campaign.

Finally, conference, I am delighted to introduce one of our young members who is already playing a leading role in our movement.

Conference, please welcome the National Vice-Convener of the YSI, Depute Leader of the SNP on North Lanarkshire Council and Director of North Lanarkshire Leisure - Councilor Jordan Linden.