Union says Scottish Labour leader should be given time to shape new direction

Tim Lezard Europe, UK,

Usdaw has offered support to beleaguered Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy.

Murphy, who oversaw the loss of all but one Labour seats in Scotland in last week’s general election, has already faced calls to resign from ASLEF and Unite. Yesterday, UNISON Scotland’s Labour Link, while saying it would not initiate a change, has said it would not oppose a change.

Now Usdaw has called for him to be allowed to continue.

The union’s Scottish Officer Lawrence Watson said: “There is no doubt that the general election result for Labour in Scotland could barely have been worse, but this is no time to turn on the leadership of the party.

“We need to keep our heads, quickly understand why the people of Scotland have, for the moment, moved away from Labour and focus on turning around the party’s fortunes at the Scottish Parliamentary Election next year.

“Jim Murphy needs the time and our support to get the job done and a leadership contest now, which would be the second in a year, is not the answer. We must not engage in a bout of navel gazing, we must reach out to Scottish voters and shape a new direction for Labour.”

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