13 Scottish Labour MSPs – a majority of Labour MSPs in the Scottish Parliament – have today issued a statement calling for UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down.

The statement is as follows:

The first duty of the Labour Party is to provide an effective voice for working people in communities, council chambers, Assemblies and Parliaments across the UK. All of us joined the Labour Party because we aspire to deliver Labour Governments in Scotland and across the UK.

As Parliamentarians, and the elected representatives in a parliament representing millions of people – including Labour voters – across Scotland, we would expect any Leader to reflect seriously on such a substantial vote of no confidence. As Kezia Dugdale rightly said, if she could not command the confidence of 80% of her Labour Group then she would consider her position.

In circumstances where a General Election may be called in the next few weeks or months, we believe that the Leader of the Labour Party has to have the confidence of the MPs he leads in order to be our candidate for Prime Minister.

It is deeply regrettable that we have to make such a statement, but for the good of the party and, more importantly, the country we believe Jeremy Corbyn, who is a principled man, must do the right thing and allow the party to once again provide effective opposition and regroup as a credible party of Government.

Jackie Baillie MSP
Claire Baker MSP
Claudia Beamish MSP
Neil Bibby MSP
Mary Fee MSP – Scottish Parliament Group Chair
Iain Gray MSP
Mark Griffin MSP
Daniel Johnson MSP
James Kelly MSP
Johann Lamont MSP
Lewis Macdonald MSP
Anas Sarwar MSP
Colin Smyth MSP