Scottish Labour

Labour's Long-Term Decline in Scotland

Mark Diffley | Posted 14.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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...

Gordon Brown Backed Down Because He Was Scared of Losing His Seat to the SNP

Alan McGee | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alan McGee

Now the 'architect of the vow' has bailed out. This was inevitable, as he'd already lost his seat next year as retribution for siding with the Tories during the referendum like the majority of the Labour MPs will find in May... So yet another major scalp Red Tory has fallen - Brown, Darling, Lamont, Sarwar, and more to come I hope.

A Vote for Jim Murphy In the Scottish Labour Leadership Election Is a Vote for a Tory Government In 2015

John Wight | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

If the Tories in Scotland and the SNP could cast a vote between November 17, when the ballot commences, and December 13, when the new leader is announced, you can be sure it would be for Jim Murphy. Why? Because with Murphy as leader the likelihood of a Tory government at Westminster in 2015 increases to the point of being guaranteed.

Mehdi Hasan

Iraq War Helped SNP Win, Says Scottish Labour Deputy Leader | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics

The Iraq war damaged the Labour Party in Scotland and boosted the anti-war SNP, according to the party's new interim leader. Speaking to The Huffin...

Open Letter to Alistair Darling

Robin Jones | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Jones

Significant numbers of Scottish voters are turning away from the Labour party as represented in Westminster. Many now see an independent Scotland as the only chance for a traditional Labour party, founded on traditional Labour values. Your comments on Monday evening will only have convinced many more that this is the case

I've Got the Scottish Virus

Rob McDowall | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

The Scottish Independence debate sparks fierce emotion on both sides of the camp and the colour of your rosette aside, strong support can be found on Twitter and Facebook from across the political spectrum.

The Beginning of the End for Scottish Labour?

Andrew Smith | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

The SLP has always been best when it's been boldest, such as when they brought in free healthcare for the elderly, abolished student fees and introduced the smoking ban. Unfortunately little of that boldness has remained since they entered opposition.

Will Scotland Make Paying For Sex Illegal?

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics

The Scottish Parliament is to consider an outright ban on prostitution, after a Labour MSP called for paying for sex in any way to be outlawed. T...

Tam Dalyell: 'Abolishing Scottish Parliament Should Be An Option'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Politics

Scottish voters should be given the chance to vote on abolishing the Scottish Parliament, according to veteran Labour politician Tam Dalyell. “I ...

Labour's New Leader In Scotland Is Johann Lamont

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 16.02.2012 | UK Politics

Johann Lamont has been elected as leader of the Labour party in Scotland. The MSP for Glasgow Pollok was formerly the party's deputy leader under Iain...

Labour In Scotland Told It's 'On The Brink' - And Not Of Success

PA | Posted 10.02.2012 | UK Politics

A Labour leadership candidate has issued a stark warning about the future of the Scottish party in the final week before a winner is chosen. Tom Ha...

Frank Field, Labour MP, Says His Party Are 'Ruled By Scots'

pa | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK Politics

Labour is apparently ruled by its Scottish members, damaging the party in England, one of its senior backbenchers has claimed. Former welfare minis...

Douglas Alexander Warns Labour Must Reconnect In Scotland

PA | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK Politics

Labour MP Douglas Alexander has warned the party in Scotland it must reconnect with voters to compete with the SNP after its "bad beating" in May's el...

Sectarianism, Religion and Politics in 21st Century Scotland

Peter Curran | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

FACTS AND BELIEFS - SHARED AND PERSONAL Let's start with a few facts, ones that are accepted as fact - I hope - across the range of opinions on the s...

Clout, corruption, Capone - and the Neo-Scottish Unionists ...

Peter Curran | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

When I was a child in Glasgow, a clout was something I was regularly threatened with, and often received. Never from my parent or relatives, but often...

WATCH: Ed Miliband Forgets Scottish Labour Leadership Candidate's Name | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics

Labour leader Ed Miliband told the BBC that the Scottish party leadership hopefuls were all ...

The speed of light, variations on equations - and the High Road to England for Scottish MPs

Peter Curran | Posted 24.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The speed of light is big news, thanks to the particle physicists at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. I had a bit of fun with the LHC way back, bef...

More from the Cold Fried Labour franchise?

Peter Curran | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

What does a Scottish journalist or commentator do when real thoughts about Scotland's exciting and demanding political scene desert him? Why, he write...

Gimme That old-time Religion - Capitalism Fails, yet the Left is Silent

Peter Curran | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

"The rich run a global system that allows them to accumulate capital and pay the lowest possible price for labour. The freedom that results applies on...

THIS Is Edinburgh's Biggest Joke - Tram Fiasco Plumbs New Depths

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK Politics

The Edinburgh Tram project has suffered another embarrassing setback after councillors decided the tram network would not even stop in the very centre...