Murray hits nomination threshold in deputy leadership contest

Ian Murray has surged past the required number of nominations from MPs and MEPs in Labour’s deputy leadership contest.

The 29 nominating parliamentarians include the party’s chief whip, Nick Brown.

Murray, the party’s only Scottish MP, said:

“I’m overwhelmed by the positive response I’ve received from colleagues, as well as Labour members from across the UK.

I’m now relishing the chance to get out there and speak to members in every region and nation of the UK during the campaign.

This is an opportunity to rebuild the Labour Party into an alternative government for the future, not a protest movement of the past.”

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9 thoughts on “Murray hits nomination threshold in deputy leadership contest

  1. Worrying that so many parliamentarians think that Ian Murray has the ideas that Labour needs. All I get from Murray is ‘not current Labour policies’. Ok, so he wants to help lead a party when he disagrees with what it believes in but has not spelled out the alternative he supports. By the way, I’d like to know how much of the Conservative manifesto he disagreed with – interesting to see if it more or less compared to the Labour manifesto.

    1. The idea Ian disagrees with Labour values is both ludicrous and offensive. And the idea that he has only opposed current policies is also just garbage. Perhaps you should watch his speech on election night and read his article in the Evening News, rather than pretend about what he’s said?

      1. He’s another member of the Conservative Bliarite wing. There isn’t a traditional Labour bone in his body.

  2. This is not good. Murray wants to start a civil war in the Labour Party by trying to ditch policies that have huge support in the movement. If he believes in Tory-lite he should form his own party rather than try to take over this one.

  3. Labour has been a broad church since its inception. Centre and centre-left. Ian Murray in all his speeches has called for Corbyn to go–and go he will.
    Murray has also called for the manifesto policies to go—but they are party policies, not Corbyns. To be replaced by what—-Blairism? Saluting the Union Flag?
    Murray has local support–Foulkes, Darling etc—but these are people with little resonance within the modern Labour party.

    Murray is no “Hereward the Wake” fighting “Good Brits agin Bad Scots”. I’m sure Labourites down south see through this ludicrous portrayal..

    1. When did Ian call for the manifesto policies to go? He literally stood on the manifesto. Please evidence this assertion or withdraw it, thanks.

      1. There are many reports on this, but the BBC on the 13 Dec, Election 2019 reports Murray as stating—-

        “For the sake of the Labour movement, for the sake of the Labour party, but more important, for the sake of the country, not only does the person (Corbyn, whom he mentions in a previous sentence)) have to go, but the policy and the ideology has to go as well”.

        Seems pretty straight forward to me, and is in tune with his previous comments (much of which is entirely justified) about the direction of Labour.

        If you want to jib about “policy” and “manifesto policy”, then you are very petty.

      2. “..the leader must go, but also his policies and ideology”, as reported by the Scotsman on 13th December 2019.

        That what you are looking for?

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