Scottish Labour has today announced the appointment of a new General Secretary – Ian Price. Currently Head of Public Affairs and Marketing at RSPB Scotland, Price replaces Colin Smyth, who stepped down last year. He has previously worked for the Labour party as an organiser in the North East of Scotland and has been a member for more than 20 years.
Us folk in business are a straightforward lot. Yes, we like big picture ideas and visions of the future – but we also need real-life, practical policies and plans. And with nine months to go until the general election the business community is hungry for greater clarity on what Labour business policy will actually be. The latest offering from Policy Network, Owning The Future, edited by Chuka Umunna, is rich in big ideas about Britain’s role in the global economy. […]Read more →
On Monday, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond promised that in an independent Scotland, the NHS would be protected from cuts and privatisation. However, Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary for Health has said that by making such pledges, Salmond is confusing the debate over independence and misleading people in Scotland: “If Salmond seriously cared about the NHS he would be explaining how he could possibly afford to fund it properly after a yes vote – with the £6 billion cuts […]Read more →
Last night Labour MPs Austin Mitchell and Stella Creasy went head to head on Newsnight over Mitchell’s comments on All Women Shortlists and female MPs. It was – unsurprisingly – a fiery discussion. Here it is: (h/t: Guido)Read more →
The latest batch of Lord Ashcroft’s polling in marginal constituencies has been published this morning. His previous marginals polls have been generally good news for Labour, showing heavy gains from both the Tories and Lib Dems, although more recently they have shown that UKIP pose a threat to to Labour’s success. With Labour having previously shown comfortable leads in most of the the marginals we hold, and many of our main target seats, Ashcroft this time concentrated on four of […]Read more →
Labour’s NEC election results were released today, with Ken Livingstone, Ann Black, Ellie Reeves, Christine Shawcroft, Kate Osamor and Johanna Baxter elected as constituency reps, whilst jim McMahon and Alice Perry were elected to represented Labour councillors. (Incidentally, LabourList readers predicted 5 out of 6 NEC candidates correctly, and the only two local government candidates who engaged with LabourList were those who got elected). But what does it all mean? Here are 7 things you need to know about the NEC […]Read more →