Anas Sarwar, Interim Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, confirmed his intention to stand down as Deputy Leader in an email to members.
Last night, I announced my intention to hand over the leadership to a new team on the 13th of December.
Three years ago I had the honour of being elected your Deputy Leader. Almost 75% of party members put their faith in me, but 100% of you got behind me.
I put myself forward as a young, enthusiastic, modest and shy – OK I’m pushing it a bit – 28 year old, first time parliamentarian.
That someone from my background, my faith and my colour could even consider being in this position, never mind be elected into it, without even comment of it, tells you something amazing about our Labour Party and our Scotland. It says everything about the values of opportunity and hope that we all hold.
Labour activist Yousuf Hamid says we need to stop defining ourselves by what we are against, and find our golden thread.
Following on from Johann Lamont’s resignation there seems to be yet another round of articles reflecting on where Scottish Labour needs to go from here.
After 2 terms of an SNP government with no indications of a labour recovery surely now more than ever is the time to truly re-assess what we stand for as a party and how we are actually going to use the additional powers that Scotland is due to get to actually increase prosperity and reduce inequality for all.
It’s disappointing that already so much of the debate seems to relate to conflicts, and who is or isn’t a dinosaur, rather than actual policy. The Labour Party needs to allow for the same devolution for Scottish Labour as for the nation. We need to be the party that offers distinct Scottish solutions, but it’s these policies rather than an endless debate about internal labour structures that matters.
Ed Miliband’s speech from last night’s Scottish Labour Gala Dinner.
We meet here after a tough week for our party in Scotland and after an extraordinary year when Scotland has gone through a profound debate about its future.
We meet here proud that in September we won the battle to keep our country together.
And we meet here above all determined to fight to show the Scottish people that Labour can be the change they want to see.
Statement from Jim Murphy, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
I don’t just want to lead Scottish Labour, I want to lead Scottish Labour to victory. The job I am applying for is to be First Minister of Scotland.
We have an opportunity to have a fresh start in Scotland. The debate that has dominated Scottish politics for a generation, where power lies, is coming to an end. With a powerful parliament the never-ending debate on powers can be replaced with a debate on increasing prosperity and tackling poverty.
In the last few months I have travelled to every part of our country. Standing on street corners, on high streets and in village halls. People are crying out for change.
Statement from Neil Findlay MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from people from within the Labour party and across the wider Labour movement all urging me to stand. It is no secret that I wanted Gordon Brown to run but since Gordon has ruled himself out I now believe we need to have a wide ranging debate about the way forward for the Labour party but more importantly the country.
I want to bring the Labour party together to work for progressive change and create a fairer, more equal and prosperous Scotland. If elected Labour leader I will put the issue of social justice at heart of everything we do – this is the historic mission of the Scottish Labour party but it also has to be about what we deliver for the Scottish people in this post referendum period.
Evan Williams looks in detail at what full fiscal autonomy, the Scottish Government’s central demand to the Smith Commission, actually means for Scotland.
We don’t know what Archimedes would have thought about the devolution of powers for Scotland but he was undoubtedly right, that given a lever and solid foundations you can move the world.
The Smith Commission, set up as promised, is working to build consensus around how to strengthen the powers of the Scottish Parliament within the UK. Each of the five parties represented in the Scottish Parliament has made a submission exploring what powers and responsibilities can and should be managed in Scotland and those that should remain the competence of the UK.
Statement from Sarah Boyack MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Planning.
It’s time for a proper debate
This leadership election is our chance to debate how we move our party forward.
We need to reach out not just to those who have traditionally supported us but to build a coalition to tackle social and environmental injustice and to create a more equal, prosperous economy that works for people.
The referendum mobilised people to get involved in the debate about our future and we need to build on that energy.