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Started by KanKhaderKhanKan on Nov 18, 2017 3:28:24 PM
Pro-Corbyn MSP member becomes Scottish Labour leader

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/18/r
ichard-leonard-voted-scottish-labour-leader


Excerpt from the above link: Jeremy Corbyn has strengthened his grip of the Labour party after Scottish members elected a leftwing trade unionist, Richard Leonard, as their seventh leader in the past decade.

Unveiled to cheering supporters in Glasgow, Leonard won a decisive victory over his rival Anas Sarwar, a former Scottish deputy leader, after a fractious contest between the party’s left and its centrists, in which the Unite union played a significant role.

Bye, bye tepid centrism? Hello Scottish socialism?

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KanKhaderKhanKan - 18 Nov 2017 15:29:49 (#1 of 55)

More importantly the above link mentions:

In a reform pushed through by Dugdale, the Scottish and Welsh party leaders are automatically given seats on the NEC.

Wales is still left uncaptured by the Corbyn faction otherwise Corbyn control of the party becomes considerable. More importantly this is what Leonard had to say now he is leader of the Scottish Labour party:

“One of the things that has emerged in the course of this long nine-week campaign is a new consensus around where the Labour party needs to sit politically … which is about extending public ownership, which is about ending austerity, which is about investing in public services and which is about seeing a shift in power from the few to the many.”

Jacob_Richter - 18 Nov 2017 15:34:53 (#2 of 55)

Just REJOICE at that news.

SunkenTreasures - 18 Nov 2017 15:46:21 (#3 of 55)

Excellent news.

raymie - 18 Nov 2017 15:48:37 (#4 of 55)

at last. now see how mps accept it

Brunothecat - 18 Nov 2017 23:51:41 (#5 of 55)

Lets see how the Scots react, Labour got nearly double their opinion poll percentage in the GE. If they look like winning, I reckon loads of Scots will return to a Party they had written off as hopeless under austerity-transfixed "centrists".

TinyMcOtter - 19 Nov 2017 03:41:08 (#6 of 55)

extending public ownership, which is about ending austerity, which is about investing in public services and which is about seeing a shift in power from the few to the many.”

This is hardly even that left wing. It’s what Labour has always stood for. Core values, surely?

TigerPaws - 19 Nov 2017 04:01:26 (#7 of 55)

The Labour Party does need to shape up and be less amorphous.

Members need to remember it's a political party before it's a social club.

Shadrack22 - 08 Jun 2018 18:54:41 (#8 of 55)

The predicted revival under Richard Leonard appears to have stalled. Scottish Westminster voting intention:

SNP: 40% (+4)

CON: 27% (+4)

LAB: 23% (-5)

LDEM: 7% (+1)

GRN: 2% (-1)

UKIP: 1% (-2)

Gotout - 08 Jun 2018 19:32:25 (#9 of 55)

Good, let's hope that the public get behind them.

barkis - 08 Jun 2018 19:48:46 (#10 of 55)

between the party’s left and its centrists



I wonder why the right weren't involved.

RosyLovelady - 08 Jun 2018 19:54:09 (#11 of 55)

They don't get involved. They're above all that sort of thing and their right to rule will be re-established in due course.

Llywelyn - 08 Jun 2018 21:10:56 (#12 of 55)

The predicted revival under Richard Leonard appears to have stalled. Scottish Westminster voting intention

It's going to take a long time to regain credibility after the damage done by the centrists

clammy - 08 Jun 2018 22:11:52 (#13 of 55)

Yes, terrible news for Corbyn.

SinnerBoy - 08 Jun 2018 23:08:54 (#14 of 55)

Predictions are rarely accurate, let's give it a year, or 18 months and see what's what.

Sunfish - 08 Jun 2018 23:11:47 (#15 of 55)

When does the benefit of the doubt run out?

SinnerBoy - 08 Jun 2018 23:15:39 (#16 of 55)

When he gets caught balls deep in s goat, probably.

Sunfish - 08 Jun 2018 23:22:38 (#17 of 55)

Yes, especially if it’s a young one.

lapsedcat - 09 Jun 2018 00:42:43 (#18 of 55)

Damn you centrists!

< waves fist impotently at a polaroid of Tony Blair over which has been daubed in Tippex: 'WARM ONGAR' >

SinnerBoy - 09 Jun 2018 00:53:51 (#19 of 55)

It does tend to be, at this time of year.

lapsedcat - 09 Jun 2018 00:59:39 (#20 of 55)

Doesn't it. I blame Stephen Byers.

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