Labour MP Ian Murray has announced he is standing to be a candidate in the party’s deputy leadership contest. The MP for Edinburgh South and former Shadow Scottish Secretary said Labour must change and become a ‘credible alternative government of the future, not a protest movement of the past’.
Mr Murray, who last year won his seat with a majority of more than 11,000 and was the only Labour MP to win in Scotland, said the party needs to learn how to beat the odds. He said the UK Labour Party can learn from Scotland where populist nationalism had its first victory in the UK, and should learn from his experience of building broad coalitions of support.
He added that Labour must look to the future, with an ‘open and inclusive policy process to lead us to the next manifesto.’ Mr Murray, 43, said the Labour Party can only deliver ‘hope and aspiration for every child’ if it is in power.