Voting Labour is the way to eradicate poverty and Rayner has experience to make it happen

The last Labour government did so much to lift millions of people out of poverty.

Between 1997 and 2010, millions of children and pensioners saw their lives improve due to Labour’s policies.

The minimum wage and tax credits for people on low incomes were game-changers. They extended parental leave and beefed up sick pay.

Labour’s strengthening of the welfare state was crucial to the life chances of millions of people across the UK.

Gordon Brown led the way in fighting poverty during his 13 years in ­government. He always fought to improve the lot of the poorest in society, rather than the wealthiest.

His views were steeped in the Scottish tradition of equality and social justice.

Today in the Daily Record, Brown and Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner speak openly about why they want to make tackling poverty the “moral mission” of any new Labour government.

Rayner tells how she and her family directly benefited from Labour’s policies.

She received free school meals – and needed them as she was often hungry as she left the house in the morning.

She benefited from Sure Start centres, where she went on a parenting course which she admitted “changed her life”.

As a single parent on a low-paid casual contract back in the day, she is the right person to be leading the fight with her New Deal for Working People.

Many of those gains were lost during 14 years of corrupt Tory ­government – always looking out for the rich.

Hopefully next week we will have a new government which has the eradication of poverty as its heart.

Joe needs to go

Scots may believe the US ­presidential election has no direct effect on their daily lives.

But Joe Biden’s worrying performance in the first TV debate against Donald Trump should concern us all.

As American commentators put it, Biden had one job in this showpiece – to prove to his country and the world that he’s not too old to run for a second term.

But he blew it, mumbling and mangling his lines in a manner that simply can’t be ignored. It was sad to see.

Simply put, the Democrat president does not look like somebody capable of defeating Trump this time out.

That opens up the terrible prospect of a second Trump presidency at a time when the planet needs stability, not stupidity.

It would be a disaster to have an emboldened Trump back in charge of the world’s most powerful nation.

For those in the US who value decency, stability and fairness it’s time to have serious discussions about replacing Biden as the Democratic candidate.

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