Scottish Labour

Taxes Aren't Optional for the Rest of Us - They Shouldn't be Optional for the Richest

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Different rules seem to apply to the richest 1% compared to the rest of us. The revelations from the Panama papers are rocking political parties around the world. Making sure that the top 1% pay their fair share like the rest of us has become a key issue in this election.

Scottish Labour Leader Casually Comes Out, To The Best Reaction Possible

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.04.2016 | UK

Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, has been met with an outpouring of support after revealing she has a female partner, as sup...

Order an Inquiry Today, Prime Minister

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

The Tory government pays these companies millions of pounds to provide accommodation to recently arrived refugees. This is public money and the companies receiving it must be held to account for the way they treat people in need in our name. If they do not do that, then they should not retain these lucrative contracts. These are extremely serious allegations and the Prime Minister should stop prevaricating- he should order an independent investigation today.

Scots Labour MPs Were 'F*cking Useless' - Says Senior Labour MP

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Politics

Labour was facing major embarrassment today after it emerged that one of its current Shadow Cabinet ministers had described its former MPs in Scotland...

Between Using the Powers of the Scottish Parliament and Making Cuts to Our Children's Future, We Must Choose to Use Our Powers

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

The whole point of devolution was about being able to do things differently. In Scotland we don't have to accept Tory austerity - we can reject it, protect education and build a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. The Scottish budget gets its first reading in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow. Today I'm setting out a different plan.

Only Devo-Max or Independence Can Save Scottish Labour

Ryan Curran | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Curran

It was apparent some time ago that Scottish Labour will perform poorly in the upcoming Holyrood election in May, and some recent polls have even shown them trailing behind the Conservatives. This in a country where Labour used to be the dominating force and regularly sent over 40 MPs south to Westminster...

Scotland Needs a Radical New Approach to Drugs

Sean Morton | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sean Morton

It's time Scottish Labour carved out a new position on justice - more liberal, more welfarist, more distinct. Only when we stand square on the big issues like justice, on the plight of drug abuse on our communities, will people see what Labour is for in 2016. It's time to put heart and head together and change Scotland for the better.

People My Age Have Had Their Aspirations Crushed by Austerity - It's Time to Change That

Kezia Dugdale | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Kezia Dugdale

Everyone deserves a home and a chance, but too many people my age in Scotland are either living at home with their parents or stuck in expensive rents unable to get that first foot on the property ladder. Home ownership is a big ambition for hundreds of thousands of Scots, but for too many people my age it remains an ambition rather than a reality.

Why Is the SNP Riding So High in the Polls?

Jackie Kemp | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Kemp

The Scottish Parliament at night. Photo Rob Bruce Why is the SNP riding so high in the polls? The next Holyrood election is in May and on current for...

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 11.05.2016 | 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.