Scottish Labour

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...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...