McMillan Says ‘Labour More Divided Than Ever’

Stuart McMillan MSP says the deep internal divisions of the Labour party are getting harder to paper over following the backlash to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s admission yesterday that “if a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held.”

Responding to Corbyn’s remarks, the only remaining Labour MP in Scotland, Ian Murray MP, has said:

“I am often asked why I resigned from the Shadow Cabinet, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jeremy Corbyn, he is destroying the party that so many need.”

Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey MP told the BBC today that the Labour party “wouldn’t want to go against the will of the people” and had no idea that Scottish Labour’s current position on an independence referendum is at odds with that view, continuing:

“Well, I don’t think there is any ambiguity in terms of Scottish Labour. Even Kezia Dugdale, the leader of Scottish Labour said in July last year that it will be categorically wrong for Westminster to block such a decision if it was done in a democratic way and the Scottish Parliament had put it forward.”

Commenting the Greenock and Inverclyde MSP said:

“One can forgive Labour’s Shadow Business spokesperson for being confused about where Kezia Dugdale stands on a second independence referendum because it seems to change depending on the day of the week. However, to claim there’s no ambiguity in Scottish Labour’s position shows how out of touch Labour MPs in Westminster are with their colleagues in Scotland.

“The deep internal divisions of the Labour party are reaching a point of no return, with Kezia Dugdale and Jeremy Corbyn at loggerheads over the constitution and the party swapping out their red flag for a white flag – completely surrendering to the Tories on the prospect of a hard Brexit.

“I just hope Kezia comes to realise that rejecting the opportunity for Scotland to make a choice on its future and avoid a hard Brexit cliff edge is the wrong thing to do not only for Scotland, but also for the sake of Scottish Labour.”

Transcript of Andrew Marr interview with Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey MP – 12 March 2017:

AM: Because this has absolutely infuriated your colleagues in the Scottish Labour Party. Ian Murray, for instance, your only MP in Scotland says, “I am often asked why I resigned from the Shadow Cabinet, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jeremy Corbyn, he is destroying the party that so many need.”

RLB: Well, I don’t think there is any ambiguity in terms of Scottish Labour. Even Kezia Dugdale, the leader of Scottish Labour said in July last year that it will be categorically wrong for Westminster to block such a decision if it was done in a democratic way and the Scottish Parliament had put it forward.

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