Over 200 250 300 Scottish Labour members, including councillors and senior activists, have written an open letter calling for Jeremy Corbyn to stand aside and supporting Ian Murray’s decision to resign from the shadow cabinet.

Writing in a personal capacity, the Scottish Labour members say that Jeremy Corbyn cannot provide the leadership needed to form a Labour government and further the interests of working people.

Full text of open letter from Scottish Labour Party members:

With the crisis engulfing the country in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union it is clear that we need an effective Labour opposition to hold this government to account and to, ultimately, be in government again. The Conservatives have taken this country to the brink and, now more than ever, we need a Labour government.

The Labour Party was formed to provide a voice for working people in Parliament and to form governments that can further the interests of the majority of working people. It is clear that Jeremy Corbyn cannot provide that leadership.

The Leader of the Labour Party must have the confidence of the MPs they lead in Parliament. With Tuesday’s vote of no confidence, it is clear that no longer exists. Nearly nine million people voted for the MPs that expressed no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday – their views should be respected and Jeremy Corbyn should stand aside. We hear time and time again from ordinary people up and down the country that they cannot see Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister.

Some have accused Ian Murray MP of self-interest. This is absurd. The only self-interest that can be levelled at him is that he wants to serve in a future Labour Government – something all our MPs should aspire to. Ian also works around the clock on behalf of our party in his constituency, Scotland and across the UK.

We need a credible, competent opposition, but Jeremy Corbyn is currently unable to fill all positions on his front bench. Jeremy Corbyn wants to captain a ship for which he has no crew. For the good of the party and, more importantly, the country, he must step aside.

Yours sincerely,


James Adams Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn Councillor, Glasgow City Council
Imogen Adams Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn
Kenneth Aitchinson Edinburgh Southern
Douglas Alexander former MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Marion Anderson Eastwood
Alan Archibald Edinburgh Southern
Marion Armstrong Inverness & Nairn
David Arnot Edinburgh Southern
Scott Arthur Edinburgh Pentlands
Jim Ashe, Edinburgh Pentlands, CLP Chair, Edinburgh Pentlands
Sarah Atkin Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch
Cllr. Norma Austin Hart Edinburgh Southern
Derek John Barker Edinburgh Southern
Andrew Barnett Edinburgh Western
James Barrowman Dundee West
Dawn Barrowman Dundee West
Marcus Barry Greenock & Inverclyde
Lora Bedford Stirling
Dame Anne Begg Aberdeen South
Willie Begley Ochil
Rod Berg Edinburgh Southern
Jem Birrell Edinburgh Southern
Dr Christopher Birt Caithness, Sutherland & Ross
Dr Peter Bloomfield Edinburgh Southern
Ursula Boser Edinburgh Southern
Niamh Boyce Clydebank & Milngavie
Christina Boyd Greenock & Inverclyde CLP Treasurer, Greenock & Inverclyde
Michael Breaks Edinburgh Southern
Rev Dr Derek Browining Edinburgh Southern
Russell Brown Dumfries & Galloway Former MP
Gareth Brown Edinburgh Central
David Bruce Edinburgh Southern
Catriona Burness, Inverness
Emma Busby Airdrie & Shotts
Jason Butcher Aberdeen Central
David Calder Glasgow North
Stuart Cameron Clydebank & Milngavie
Shona Campbell Clydesdale
Linda Cardwell Edinburgh Southern
Gillian Carey Dumfrieshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Chris Carus Glasgow Cathcart
Paul Cassidy Greenock & Inverclyde CLP
Sarah Chisnall Edinburgh Western
Derek Chiswick Edinburgh Southern
Bill Cunningham Edinburgh Eastern
Jamie Clark Edinburgh Central
David Clater Edinburgh Southern
James Clegg Kirkcaldy
Pippa Cochran Edinburgh Southern
Andy Cochran Edinburgh Southern
Jacqueline Cook Edinburgh Southern
Shaun Corbett Dundee City West
Joanna Cowan Edinburgh Central
Kieran Cowan Mid Fife & Glenrothes
Margaret Cowie Rutherglen
Brid Cullen Edinburgh Southern
Malcolm Cunning Glasgow Cathcart Councillor, Glasgow City Council
Connor Cunningham Renfrewshire South
Jodie Cunningham Renfrewshire South
Cllr Tom Curley Airdrie & Shotts Councillor, North Lanarkshire Council
Margaret Curran Glasgow Southside Former MSP, MP and Shadow Scottish Secretary
Colin Cuthbert Edinburgh Eastern Former CLP Chair, Edinburgh Eastern
Helen Cuthbertson East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Alan Cuthbertson East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Amy Cuthbertson East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Susan Dalgety Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Trevor Davies Edinburgh Northern & Leith
Chris Davison Edinburgh Western
Katie Docherty Dunfermline
Phil Doherty Edinburgh Southern
Stuart Donaldson Glasgow North East
Miriam Dornan Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Alison Dowling Renfrewshire North & West
Graeme Downie Edinburgh Western
Maria Doyle Dumbarton
Jenny Duncan Edinburgh Northern & Leith
John Dunsmore Edinburgh Southern
Philip Duthie Edinburgh Southern
Prof. Michael Eddleston Edinburgh Southern
John Erskine Edinburgh Northern & Leith
Christopher Fagan Dumbarton
Kenneth Fallas Edinburgh Southern
Laura Fawkes Glasgow Shettleston
Colin Fawkes Falkirk West
Kevin Findlay Dundee City West
Shaun Finlayson Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch
Chrissie Finnegan East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Brian Fitzpatrick Glasgow Southside
Joyce Forder Edinburgh Southern
Alex Foulkes Edinburgh Western CLP
Lord George Foulkes Edinburgh Western
Leah Franchetti Glasgow Shettleston Former Parliamentary Candidate
Cllr. Rhondda Geekie Strathkelvin & Bearsden Leader, East Dunbartonshire Council
Claire Germison Eastwood
Judith Gillespie Edinburgh Southern
Alastair Gillespie Edinburgh Southern
Brian Gilmore Edinburgh Southern
Sheila Gilmore Edinburgh Southern
Bruce Gilmour Kirkcaldy
Rob Girvan Edinburgh Central
Jamie Glackin Perth & Kinross Former Chair of Scottish Labour Party
Mary Glen Airdrie and Shotts
Andrew Glen Airdrie and Shotts
Cllr. Paul Godzik Edinburgh Southern
Elizabeth Grace Edinburgh Southern
Max Graham Glasgow Cathcart
Margaret Graham Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Donald Graham Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Jackie Grant Edinburgh Southern
Willie Grieve Edinburgh Southern
Jane Griffiths Edinburgh Southern
David Hamilton Midlothian
Eric Hanna Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch
Andrew Harbison, Eastwood
Alan Harding Edinburgh Southern
Margaret Harkins Renfrewshire South
Jim Harkins Renfrewshire South
Nigel Harper Edinburgh Southern
Georgie Harris Edinburgh Southern
Simon Harrison Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross
Kirstin Hay Dundee City East
Mary Hay Edinburgh Southern
Cat Headley Edinburgh Western Former Parliamentary Candidate
Jim Henderson Edinburgh North & Leith
Cllr Maureen Henry Clydebank & Milngavie Councillor, East Dunbartonshire Council
Alasdair Higgins Edinburgh Southern
Allana Hoggard Linlithgow
Alan Holliday Greenock & Inverclyde CLP Executive Member, Greenock & Inverclyde
Nick Hopkins Eastwood
Sue Hopkinson Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross
Michael Hopkinson Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross
Duncan Hothersall Edinburgh Southern CLP Chair, Edinburgh Southern
Jill Hughes Edinburgh Southern
Uriel Jamieson Edinburgh Southern
Daniel Johnson Edinburgh Southern MSP
Derek Johnston Edinburgh Southern
Ben Jones Edinburgh Southern
Gladys Kean Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley
Russell Keat Edinburgh Southern
Patrick Kilduff Edinburgh Eastern
Tony King Edinburgh Eastern
Jeanette King Edinburgh Southern
Alan Laing Edinburgh Northern & Leith
Cllr Jenny Laing Aberdeen Donside Leader, Aberdeen City Council
Joyce Lang Eastwood
John Lang Edinburgh North & Leith
Romy Langeland Edinburgh Southern
Elaine Lawther Edinburgh Southern
Anne Leaver Edinburgh Southern
Elizabeth Leith Edinburgh Southern
Mark Lennie Falkirk West
Carol Lennie Falkirk West
Ian Lennie Falkirk West
Marjory Lobban Edinburgh Eastern
Andrew Low Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Christopher Ludlam Edinburgh Southern
Molly Ludlam Edinburgh Southern
Geoff Lyuss Almond Valley
Norman MacAskill Inverness and Nairn
Sophie MacDonald Aberdeen South & North Kincardine
Marie Macdonald Glasgow Southside
Hugh Macfarlane Mid Fife & Glenrothes
Cllr Deirdrie MacKay Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross Councillor, Highland Council
Chris Mackay Edinburgh Southern
Rosi Mackenzie Edinburgh Southern
Gus Mackenzie Edinburgh Southern
Donald MacKinnon, Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Catherine MacLennan Edinburgh Southern
Malcolm MacLeod Edinburgh Southern
Jim Martin Edinburgh Southern
Alan Massie Aberdeen South
Dorothy Massie Aberdeen South
Gordon Matheson Cathcart Former Leader, Glasgow City Council
Alan Mathieson Eastwood
Stuart McAusland Paisley
Cllr. Stephen McCabe Renfrewshire North & West Leader, Inverclyde Council
Barry McComish Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Margaret McCulloch Dunfermline
Bill McCulloch Dunfermline
Lynn McDonald Edinburgh Southern
Mary McDougall Glasgow South
Stephen McDowall-Laing Clydebank & Milngavie
Joanne McFadden Angus South
Paul McFadden Glasgow Cathcart
Ryan McFadden Glasgow Cathcart
Angela McGinley Clydebank & Milngavie
Leonard McGuire Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Dame Anne McGuire Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Former MP
John-Paul McHugh Falkirk West
Gordon McKee East Kilbride
Rosemary McKenna Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Former MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East
Andrew McKenzie Dumfrieshire
Susan McKillop East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Hugh McMahon Paisley Former MEP
Ryan McMullan Edinburgh North & Leith
Benjamin McNab Edinburgh Southern
Louise McNamee Uddingston and Bellshill
Agnes Michel Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Oona Miller Eastwood
Heather Milligan Edinburgh North & Leith
Kevin Montgomery Paisley
Brenda Morgan-Klein Cumbernauld & Kilsyth
Alasdair Morrison Inverness & Nairn Former MSP
Graeme Morrison Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill
Cllr Sean Morton Moray Councillor, Moray Council and former Parliamentary Candidate
Mary Mulligan Edinburgh Southern, Councillor, Moray Council and former Parliamentary Candidate
Shonagh Munro Edinburgh Southern Chair of Edinburgh Labour Students
Lesley Munro Edinburgh Southern
Jane Munro Strathkelvin & Bearsden
William Munro Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Elizabeth Munro Edinburgh Southern
Pamela Nash Airdire & Shotts Former MP for Airdrie & Shotts
Cllr Martin Neil Shettleston Councillor, Glasgow City Council
Cllr Ronnie Nicholson Dumfries & Galloway, Councillor Dumfries and Galloway Council
Andrew Nimmo Uddingston & Bellshill
Matt Nolan Edinburgh Southern
Anthony O’Connor Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill
Kevin O’Donnell Glasgow Pollok
Fiona O’Donnell East Lothian Former MP
Roy O’Kane Dundee City West
Cllr. Paul O’Kane Renfrewshire South Former Parliamentary Candidate
Bob Oliver Glasgow Shettleston
Frank O’Neill, Airdrie & Shotts
John Park Kirkcaldy
Henry Phillip Edinburgh Southern CLP Treasurer, Edinburgh Southern
Maureen Pollock Paisley CLP Chair, Paisley
Katie Pragnell Eastwood
Yvonne Pragnell Eastwood
Ashley Pragnell Eastwood
Ben Procter Eastwood
David Raine Edinburgh Northern & Leith
Karen Ramsay Edinburgh Central
Richard Rawles Edinburgh Southern
Liam Reid Dundee City East
Rachel Reid Edinburgh Southern
Louise Riddell Edinburgh Eastern
Chris Roarty Motherwell & Wishaw
Aislinn Robbie Glasgow Pollok
Zhada Robertson Eastwood
Gillian Robson Edinburgh Eastern
Cllr Keith Robson Edinburgh Eastern
Jamie Rodney Eastwood
Nicola Ross Eastwood
Jamie Ross Edinburgh Central
Cllr Michael Ross Motherwell & Wishaw Councillor, North Lanarkshire Council
Ryan Ross Renfrewshire South
John Rowan Edinburgh North and Leith
John Ruddy Angus North
Emma Russell Renfrewshire South
Frank Russell Edinburgh Pentlands
Janice Russell Edinburgh Pentlands
Peter Russell Glasgow Anniesland
Joe Russo Glasgow Kelvin
Taylor Scott Airdire & Shotts
Mike Scott Edinburgh Eastern
Logan Scott Falkirk East
Michael Shanks Glasgow Kelvin Former Parliamentary Candidate
David Shaw Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Michael Sheridan Airdrie and Shotts
Clare Short Dunfermline
Sue Sierra Edinburgh Southern
Aidan Skinner Glasgow Kelvin
Eamon Smart Edinburgh Southern
Catherine Smith Perth & Kinross
Jamie Smyth Linlithgow
Peter Speirs Glasgow Provan
Alan Stevenson Renfreshire North and West
Andrew Stewart Edinburgh Southern
Kate Stewart Edinburgh Southern
Martin Stewart Edinburgh Southern
Catherine Stihler Dunfermline MEP
Andrew Strong Glasgow Cathcart
Caitlin Sweeney Edinburgh Southern
Paul Sweeney, Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Phil Tate Edinburgh Southern
Alex Tate Edinburgh Southern
Simon Tett Edinburgh Southern
Bill Thomson Mid Fife & Glenrothes
Kiersteen Thomson Edinburgh Southern
Jim Timmons Airdrie & Shotts
Helen Timmons Airdire & Shotts
James Todd Edinburgh Western
Rosa Tomany Edinburgh Eastern
Stuart Tooley Edinburgh Central
Ailsa Tweedie Motherwell & Wishaw
Catherine Vallis North East Fife
David Vallis, North East Fife
Martyn Walker Glasgow Kelvin
Cllr Una Walker Strathkelvin & Bearsden Councillor, East Dunbartonshire Council
Alan Walker Edinburgh Southern
Craigie Watson, Edinburgh Northern & Leith
Kate Watson Glasgow Shettleston
Kenneth Watt Glasgow Kelvin
Judith Webber Edinburgh Southern
Meg Whitelaw Dumfries & Galloway
Hope Whitmore Edinburgh Southern
John Whittaker Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Ruth Whittaker Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Chris Wilde Mid Fife & Glenrothes
Evan Williams Paisley CLP Secretary, Paisley
Michael Williams Paisley
Lewis Wilson Dundee City East
John Wilson Edinburgh Southern
Esther Woolfson Aberdeen South
Hannah Woolfson Edinburgh Southern
Lewis Wotherspoon Glasgow Anniesland
Kenny Wright Edinburgh Western
Peng Lee Yap Edinburgh Southern
Ian Young Stirling
Cllr Willie Young Aberdeen Central Councillor and Finance Convenor, Aberdeen City Council
Cllr Kenny Young Midlothian Councillor, Midlothian Council