Securing electoral victory is often considered exhilarating yet exhausting, offering a unique blend of excitement and hard work. Yet, this is only the beginning; the true challenge lies in effective governance and turning policies into reality.

With the recent impressive triumph, Labour now holds a tremendous opening to transform Scotland positively. Understandably, after a decade-and-a-half under Tory leadership, revitalising the economy and healing from the protracted austerity measures will require time.

However, the political landscape in Scotland is now ripe with hope courtesy of the shared ambition of Labour party and the Scottish people. This optimism influenced the Daily Record’s decision to back Labour.

The incumbent cabinet holds the distinction of being the most working-class-oriented in UK’s history, nurturing an immediate urge to implement changes within its first 100 days in office.

Glasgow is home to tens of thousands of workers poised to enjoy a wage increase with Labour’s commitment to eliminate the discriminatory minimum wage age bands. Consequently, every adult worker stands to benefit from Labour’s minimum wage reforms.

In addition, there will be a shift towards greater involvement for businesses and trade unions in guiding economic growth.

Scotland is perfectly poised to transform the UK into a clean energy titan. Echoing its historical industrial revolution powered by its rich geology – including oil, gas, and coal – Scotland is now looking ahead. Now, it’s ready to spearhead the next wave of industrial revolution, leaning on its geography, tapping into wind, tidal, and wave energy.

Labour’s blueprint for a new nationalised energy corporation in Scotland aims to spawn thousands of high-skilled jobs in Glasgow and around, while concurrently trimming energy bills throughout the UK.

In these exciting times, Scottish MPs and Scotland itself will be at the epicentre of the UK government, no longer relegated to the sidelines like the SNP was.

The dual governance in Scotland, courtesy of the Tory and SNP governments, predominantly indulged in public discord. Rarely did they engage in meaningful dialogue or pay heed to each other. The recent victory for Labour unit provides an opportune moment to reboot these relationships.

Labour’s Scotland Office has pledged to rejuvenate the functions of the Department. The Scottish will enjoy the fruits of the Scotland Office emerging as a spending department for the first time, backed by Labour’s manifesto that promises at least £150 million annual spend towards infrastructure and poverty alleviation projects.

In conjunction to this spending, Labour ministers will also champion ‘Brand Scotland’ on a global scale. If successful, the initiative will not only escalate Scottish exports but also invite investments, fostering job creation.

Labour’s victory is also a testament to the robust partnership established between Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar.

Anas, in particular, has infused new life into Scottish Labour thereby creating a favourable political momentum.

Indeed, this victory is singularly historic, yet it simultaneously paves the way for a potential second triumphant run in the forthcoming 2026 Scottish Parliament elections. After the recent results, the game has truly begun.