Posts Tagged ‘Jim Murphy’

The polls provide clear evidence that Findlay can reach the parts Murphy can’t

by Jon Lansman.

It is true that Jim Murphy has a higher media profile than Neil Findlay, but rarely in a leadership election do we have such good evidence that one candidate in the running cannot win over the voters Labour needs whilst the other has the policies they support. This matters if Ed Miliband is to have […]

This could be the last ditch for Labour in Scotland, and the answer isn’t Murphy

by Jon Lansman.

This morning’s poll in the  the Daily Record sums up the problem Scottish Labour  faces whoever wins the leadership positions: SNP 46%, Labour 24%, Tories 17%, Lib Dem 6%, Others 8%. So what’s the answer? Nicola Sturgeon in her first speech as SNP leader this weekend clearly sought to position the SNP to the left of Labour. Whilst […]

A tale of two Labour coups

by Jon Lansman.

Today’s Times (£) reports last night’s reshuffle as having been to prevent a coup (later clarified to say a “backbench coup“). The BBC are trying to give the story legs. There certainly was concern about the possible actions of two right-wing backbenchers to further undermine Ed Miliband’s leadership, and the reshuffle was designed to strengthen the small band […]

What radical exception can break Jim Murphy’s rule?

by Cailean Gallagher.

What should we expect from the civil war in Scottish Labour? Some veterans of Labour’s last civil war, still haunted by the machiavellian menace of Blairism, see Jim Murphy’s leadership bid as part of a long-term plan to revive the right-wing of the Labour party. If/when Labour lose in 2015, brother Ed will resign and brother David (whose […]

Why Labour could do without Balls and chains

by Peter Kenyon.

Ed Miliband is stuck. He wants to lead One Nation. But Scotland got close to going alone. That independence referendum in mid-September showed Labour voters in its heartland authorities in Glasgow wanted out nearly as much as the SNP. UKIP, while tearing the Conservative Party apart, gave Labour a fright in the Heywood and Middleton by-election […]

Support Neil Findlay’s campaign to lead Scottish Labour in pursuit of social justice

by Jon Lansman.

Neil Findlay, shadow cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing in the Scottish parliament, today announced that he will stand for the Leadership of the Scottish party. Neil can expect the support of many on the centre-left of the party and within the trade unions in the expected contest with Westminster MP Jim Murphy from the […]

Inverclyde result was a draw. It’ll take more than an Irn-Bru re-branding to turn it round.

by Jon Lansman.

Ed Miliband may be relieved at last week’s by-election result in Inverclyde, but for Labour in Scotland, it was no better than a draw. Labour held the seat with almost the same share as the late David Cairns in what was a good general election result for Labour locally and in Scotland. That’s the good […]

The Left must back Ed, warts and all

by Jon Lansman.

Ed’s speech was carefully measured.  A re-statement of the post-war justification for the creation of the welfare state — a social responsibility we all share. Those who saw this as an attack on benefit claimants must be basing their view on the spin and interpretation of the speech rather than the speech itself. And those […]

Ed Miliband needs to sort out his myopia

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, Ed Miliband put his brother’s leadership campaign manager, Jim Murphy, in charge of the review of Scottish Labour following the disastrous showing in the Holyrood elections last week. Jim Murphy is a bright man, who no doubt has many interesting things to say about the Scottish election result, and no doubt said some of […]

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