Scottish Labour leadership contest – why it really matters to the rest of the UK

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Jim Murphy

Sarah Boyack

Neil Findley

Nominations have closed in Scotland for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. You may think that this has nothing to do with us down here in London but believe me, it does. The choice that the MPS, MSPs, MEPs, party members and union members make in Scotland has been shown by recent polls to be absolutely vital in terms of how it could influence the UK General Election result. So the direction that Scottish Labour go should be something everyone interested in politics should watch carefully.

Before I talk about the candidates, it is worth pointing out that the leader of the Scottish Labour Party is not just in charge of Labour MSPs in Holyrood, but of ALL Parliamentarians, including Westminster MPs and MEPs in Scotland. So that includes the likes of Gordon Brown, Douglas Alexander and, until retirement, Alistair Darling, even though they are part of Westminster. Given…

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