Jim Murphy is wasting little time having been elected as Scottish Labour leader on Saturday. Yesterday he announced plans for a new Clause IV for Scottish Labour, and today he’s reshuffling his top team (which of course is somewhat complicated by the fact that he’s not an MSP).
If anyone was expecting a limited amount of tinkering from the new Scottish Labour leader, they’d be wrong – Murphy is planning a full and complete revamp of Labour’s front bench, with every single person leaving the Shadow Cabinet or changing portfolios.
That means leadership contest runner-up Neil Findlay will be leaving his Shadow Health role (which he’s thought to be keen to hold on to) – and it’s rumoured that role will go to rising star Jenny Mara. Former leader Iain Gray looks set to take on the Shadow Education brief, with Deputy Leader Kezia Dugdale charged with taking on Nicola Sturgeon in Holyrood.
Here’s what Murphy told Scotland tonight last night:
“There’s going to be some really big changes. Every single person in their current cabinet role will be changed. Everyone in my team will be on the move. It’s never been done before, I think. It’s probably a real innovation in politics, I just think the Scottish Labour party has to change, it has to be a fresh start and that’s what I’ll signal with the reshuffle tomorrow.”