Get Blairism out of British Labour party

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By Malcolm Burns in Scotland:

Pressure heats up on Murphy to go

Saturday 16th May 2015

PRESSURE from trade unions and activists was rising on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to quit his post before the party’s ruling Scottish executive committee meeting this morning.

The demands follow Labour’s catastrophic result in the general election on May 7 when the party was reduced to a single MP in Scotland, with Mr Murphy himself losing his own seat.

Communications union CWU was the latest to call for Mr Murphy’s resignation yesterday.

A CWU spokesperson said: “It is clear that the Labour Party needs to rebuild in Scotland and CWU believes that will be done most effectively under new leadership.”

Unite also reiterated its demand on Mr Murphy to resign with the union’s Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty saying it was “the only decent thing that Jim can do now.”

The union called for deputy leader Kezia Dugdale to take over and demanded the “rebuilding and reforming of Scottish Labour so it can avoid a constituency wipe-out in 2016.”

Mr Rafferty said these were “extraordinary times for Scottish Labour requiring urgent measures, which is why, as the party’s rules permit, Kezia should now step up.”

Rail union Aslef and Unison Scotland’s Labour Link have also lined up against Murphy’s continued leadership.

Leading Labour MSPs Alex Rowley and Neil Findlay have resigned Scottish Parliament shadow cabinet posts to call for Mr Murphy to quit.

UPDATE: Jim Murphy resigns: here.

LABOUR was warned not to “shoot the messenger” yesterday after the party’s Scottish leader Jim Murphy attacked unions in his resignation speech. MPs, MSPs and trade unions had called on the leading Blairite to do the decent thing and resign after he steered Scottish Labour to a catastrophic electoral wipeout that left it with just a single seat north of the border: here.

With the reprehensible Jim Murphy out of the picture, the [Labour] party has a chance to re-engage its working-class core vote, believes VINCE MILLS: here.

LABOUR’S Blairite business spokesman Chuka Umunna made a shock exit from the race to become party leader yesterday, citing “concerns and worry about this bid’s impact on those close to me”: here.

FIREFIGHTERS dropped a proposal to reaffiliate to Labour yesterday amid uncertainties over the party’s future direction. The proposal to rekindle the union-party link is thought to have had widespread support in the FBU several months ago, following Labour’s opposition to the changes to firefighters’ pensions. But the mood changed following the shock Tory majority and particularly Labour’s wipe-out in Scotland. Officials reportedly feared that reaffiliating would alienate Scottish members: here.

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