Murray – There is no such thing as a good Brexit

*This article first appeared on Huffington Post on 17/05/18* By Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South   In Edinburgh South, over 78% of voters backed Remain in the EU referendum. In Redcar, only 32.5% of voters said they wanted to stay in the EU: two different parts of the country with very different economies. […]

If we are willing to sacrifice so many workers, we don’t deserve to call ourselves the Labour Party

*This article was first published in Scotland on Sunday on 13/05/18* By Catherine Stihler Labour MEP for Scotland IN the coming weeks, MPs will be asked to vote on what has been dubbed the ‘Norway option’ for a post-Brexit Britain. Norway is not a member of the European Union, and never has been, but it […]

Europe Day: the EU is a force for good

By Catherine Stihler  Labour MEP for Scotland Co-chair of Scottish Labour for the Single Market   *This article first appeared in the Courier on 09/05/18*   TODAY marks Europe Day when we celebrate what we have in common with our neighbours across the continent. If Theresa May has her way, this will be the last […]

Murray and Whitfield vow to vote against hard Brexit

Scottish Labour MPs Ian Murray and Martin Whitfield have vowed to back the Single Market in a historic Commons vote secured by Labour Lords last night. Following the government’s shock defeat by 245 votes to 218 in the upper house, Theresa May will now be forced to give MPs a vote on the European Economic […]

Abstaining in the Lords would be a ‘dereliction of duty’

Scottish Labour peer George Foulkes will tomorrow join with party colleagues in the Lords to do what’s right for the UK by voting to keep the country in the European Economic Area. Peers have been told to abstain on an amendment tabled for Tuesday, but former MSP Lord Foulkes said he cannot back the party’s […]

Brexit policy puts workers’ rights at risk

Labour’s current Brexit policy will put workers’ rights at risk, Scottish Labour for the Single Market has warned. As countries across Europe mark Labour Day, or May Day, the organisation has urged Labour’s leadership at Westminster and Holyrood to urgently support membership of the European Single Market to defend rights. Siding with the Tories to […]

Two-thirds of Scots want to remain in the Single Market

Most Scots believe the economy would be better off in the EU and more than two-thirds of voters want us to stay in the Single Market, according to a major new survey.   Around 17,000 readers of news websites in Scotland gave their view in partnership with Google Surveys. Read more by clicking here   […]

Mo Mowlam – a political hero

By Kezia Dugdale MSP   *This article first appeared in the Daily Record on 10/04/18*   Many moons ago, I trained to be a Labour Party Organiser. This was a serious business because organisers were, and to this day are, the worker bees behind politicians – the ones who get things done. The training was […]

The Good Friday Agreement – 20 years on

On the 20th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, Scottish Labour for the Single Market co-chairs Ian Murray MP, Catherine Stihler MEP and Kezia Dugdale MSP said: “The Good Friday Agreement brought about by Tony Blair’s government was one of our greatest achievements in office. “But there is now a very real risk of a […]

Alastair Campbell – Securing peace in Northern Ireland was one of our greatest achievements

By Alastair Campbell Former Downing Street Press Secretary, and part of the Blair team that negotiated the Good Friday Agreement in 1998   *An abridged version of this appeared in The Daily Record and The Scotsman on 10/04/18*     TWENTY years ago today, something miraculous came together and the Good Friday Agreement was born. […]

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