Murray addresses deputy leadership PLP hustings
At today’s deputy leadership hustings for the Parliamentary Labour Party Ian Murray outlined five pledges, including touring the country to listen to the public in seats Labour both won and lost; driving the ‘disgusting cancer’ of antisemitism from the party as well as the bullying and intimidation by taking responsibility for complaints and discipline; using his experience of winning what was a marginal seat in Edinburgh South to build an election-winning machine; addressing the governance of the whole UK; and being the voice of Labour staff and the Labour movement in the Shadow Cabinet.
The Labour deputy leadership candidate told MPs:
“I shouldn’t be here. People like me from the housing estate where I was born and brought up in a single parent family don’t become MPs. But I am.
And I shouldn’t be here because I wasn’t supposed to win my marginal seat. But I did, by building a coalition of support.
I’m standing for deputy leader because of my track record in beating the odds. I decided to put my name forward because I have what it takes to help Labour win again across the UK.
Yes, Scotland’s voice needs to be heard at the top of the party, but we must also send a message to every nation and region of the UK, where too many voters don’t think they are being heard. Every part of our UK matters.
Our party is at a dangerous crossroads – I’ve been warning this for years. The choice is whether we become a credible alternative government or a party of perpetual opposition. I choose the former.”