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Why Scottish Labour Leader, Murphy, Wants To Resign

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)




Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, said that he would tender his resignation alongside a plan to reform the party next month.

This is despite his slim survival of a vote of no confidence at a meeting of the party’s national executive in Glasgow.

He lost his seat in last week’s general election as the SNP won 56 of the 59 Scottish seats, leaving Labour with a single MP in Scotland.

Murphy said he wanted to have a successor as leader in place by the summer, and confirmed he would not be standing for a seat at the Scottish Parliament in next year’s election.

Instead, he said it was time to “do something else” and that he believed the party would continue to be divided if he remained as leader.

His deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, will become acting leader until a permanent successor is found.