Scottish Labour

Spending Review Sets Scene for Scottish Tories to Beat Labour Into Second Place at Holyrood Election

Jackie Kemp | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Was George Osborne's spending review drawn up with an eye on the forthcoming Holyrood election?

Today's Debate on Tax Credits Is a Defining Moment for Holyrood

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Labour will always put those on lower and middle incomes first. That's why we will restore the tax credits that families in Scotland lose, once the powers to do so are devolved... If the SNP do not vote for this motion to restore the money lost from tax credits it will confirm once and for all that the politics of grievance is more important to them than helping working families in Scotland.

Even Nicola Sturgeon Is Trolling Scottish Labour After This Massive Campaign Cock-Up

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics

The Scottish Labour Party has been forced to take down its latest campaign video after it misspelled the word 'generation'. The party has been merc...

Dugdale: We Need Feminists In Power, Not Just Women In Top Jobs

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 26.09.2015 | UK Politics

Feminists in positions of power are what is needed rather than simply women in top political jobs, Scottish Labour’s new leader is set to say. Sp...

The Reality Is That the SNP Fear a Corbyn-led Labour Party - And So They Should

Neil Findlay | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Findlay

I think most Scots who oppose Tory austerity will feel let down by the fact that Nicola and her SNP colleagues chose constitutional obsessing as their priority, at a time when they could have focused a genuine united front against the cuts. The reality is that they fear a Corbyn led Labour party and a party led by him as a real threat and so they should.

This 33-Year-Old Has Just Won 'The Most Challenging Job In UK Politics'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.08.2015 | UK Politics

Scottish Labour's Kezia Dugdale has been elected to lead the party out of despair after its near wipeout in the general election. The 33-year-old,...

This Latest Poll Rubbishes The 'Corbyn Isn't Electable' Argument

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 15.08.2015 | UK

Voters would more likely back Labour in an election under leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn than any of his rivals, a new poll reveals. The find...

Left or Right? The Curious Case of the SNP

Alan Grant | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The Scottish National Party is a genuinely unique animal in our modern politics. It has grown from being the butt of many a political joke to become the dominant force in the Scottish Parliament in just a few election cycles. It now occupies a large swathe of the green benches in a Parliament that its members and politicians would rather not have any part of and their forward momentum, depending on how the next Holyrood elections go, shows no sign of ending.

The Labour Party Needs to Be More Explicitly Anti-Austerity

Ken Macintosh MSP | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Ken Macintosh MSP

The austerity economics at the heart of this Conservative Government are about far more than welfare cuts. They reflect a socially divisive and economically damaging. attempt to drastically reduce public services and to reshape the relationship between the citizen and the state.

Yes, Lords Reform is Needed - But so is Caution

Alan Grant | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Our democracy, like every political system across the world, needs reform and will always need reform but before we throw the bathwater out, let's make doubly sure we've removed the baby first.

This Idea For A Scottish 'House Of Lords' Has Upset Lots Of People

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK

Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Kezia Dugdale has called on the government to abolish Westminster's House of Lords, and instead replace it with a s...

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...

Kezia Dugdale Wins Backing To Take Over From Jim Murphy As Scottish Labour Leader

PA | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK

Kezia Dugdale has won the backing of more than half of her party colleagues at Holyrood after announcing she is standing to be the next leader of Scot...

Is This The Woman Who Could Defeat The SNP?

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics

Scottish Labour's deputy leader Kezia Dugdale has announced her bid to succeed Jim Murphy and win back the thousands of voters who backed the SNP inst...

Jim Murphy Announces Resignation - And Declares War On Union Boss

PA | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Politics

Jim Murphy has announced his intention to resign as Scottish Labour leader next month - and declared war on union boss Len McCluskey. The recently ...

Scotland's Most Topical Joke... Scottish Labour

Rob McDowall | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

For too long Labour, as a national party, has tried to be everything to everyone and pitch itself as an antidote to the cruel and bitter Tory cuts, while at the same time joining the Tories in smears, knee-jerk reactions and adopting shiny posters and Americanised slogans supposedly designed to appeal to voters.

Scotland Is Waiting for a Unionist Alternative to the SNP

Joseph Musgrave | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Musgrave

There is little prospect that, in the short term, Scottish Labour's core vote will return to it from the SNP. A tactical vote for the party, whilst it may be effective in a small collection of seats, will be as futile as expecting Darth Vader to oversee the construction of a Death Star without a fundamental design flaw.

Are Scotland's Psephologists Riding for a Fall?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

Aside from a computer on the desk, my local betting shop has a traditional look, complete with newspaper racing pages sellotaped to the wooden walls, stubby pencils and drawn blinds. As I entered, a man with a lived-in face and an unlit roll-up cigarette protruding from the corner of his mouth was exchanging a slip of paper for some ten pound notes.

Scotland Can Run a Deficit - Here's How

Christopher Bacon | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

Whatever operational option an independent Scotland would choose, the conceptual details would be the same: a sovereign government cannot default and faces no financial constraints. Taxes would not have to be raised, and spending would not have to be cut, unless there was a political decision to do so based on the political will of the population.

Labour's Long-Term Decline in Scotland

Mark Diffley | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Diffley

While the referendum has undoubtedly crystallised and possibly accelerated Labour's decline north of the border, the origins of that decline go back much further... It is clear that, for the second year running, Scotland may be at the epi-centre of the country's biggest political event.

SNP 'Boss' Defects to Scottish Labour

Rob McDowall | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Despite it becoming quickly evident that French Gate existed only in the head of the Telegraph's Simon Johnson it certainly set the cat amongst the pi...

Why the Labour Party Is Facing an Existential Crisis in Its Own Backyard

Lewis Campbell | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Campbell

Labour campaigned hand in glove with the Tories during the independence referendum - but the rot set in before I was even born with 'New Labour' - and Scots are extremely angry. But not nearly as angry as Labour are with the SNP.

Scottish Labour Headed For Electoral Wipeout In May - Is Anybody Surprised?

John Wight | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Jim Murphy is leading the Scottish Labour Party to an historic electoral pasting in the upcoming general election in May. Poll after poll in the wake of last September's independence referendum leaves no doubt that the party that was once so dominant in Scotland has finally and irrevocably been deserted by its core and natural constituency...

Scottish Labour MPs Aren't Happy With Abbott After Mansion Tax Row

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Politics

Scottish Labour MPs have slapped down their party colleague Diane Abbott after she accused Jim Murphy of trying to "expropriate money from London to w...

What's the Problem With a Federal UK? England!

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

The man who would be king of Scotland has proved himself once again to be a politician's politician. The statesmanship Alex Salmond showed by resigning at the end of an unsuccessful referendum has been matched only by his realpolitik in returning to Westminster politics...