Scot­tish Labour in Civil War

Party in re­volt amid calls for purge of Blairites to con­sol­i­date Cor­byn’s power At­tacks on old guard see Jim Mur­phy branded a man with­out prin­ci­ples

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SCOT­TISH and UK Labour’s most se­nior of­fi­cials should be purged from the party to stop Blairites seek­ing to “un­der­mine” Jeremy Cor­byn, an in­flu­en­tial left wing jour­nal says. Scot­tish Labour’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Brian Roy should be re­moved, the Scot­tish Left Re­view (SLR) will say in its lat­est edi­tion next month.

The call came af­ter SLR pre­vi­ously said Dug­dale should be re­placed as Scot­tish Labour leader.

The SLR also reit­er­ates its call for Dug­dale to be re­moved in the forth­com­ing edi­tion.

Roy, the son of for­mer Labour MP Frank Roy, is a close ally of Dug­dale.

Dug­dale backed moves to re­place Cor­byn a year ago dur­ing last year’s bit- ter lead­er­ship elec­tion be­tween Cor­byn and Owen Smith.

SLR said Labour’s UK gen­eral sec­re­tary Iain McNi­col should also be ousted. McNi­col was caught up in a le­gal bat­tle about lim­it­ing who could vote in the con­test. In its ed­i­to­rial, the SLR warned that a fail­ure to oust Roy and McNi­col would lead to a weak­en­ing of Cor­byn’s po­si­tion.

The call came as Cor­byn con­tin­ued with his five-day tour of Scot­land yes­ter­day, with cam­paign vis­its to Fife and Glas­gow.

The SLR said Cor­byn’s sup­port­ers need “con­trol of the party ma­chine” to pro­mote rad­i­cal poli­cies and build a mass move­ment.

The jour­nal has links with trade unions and has back­ers from across the left in Scot­land in Labour. For­mer Scot­tish Labour chair­man Bob Thom­son is a se­nior mem­ber of the ed­i­to­rial board of SLR.

The ar­ti­cle says: “As Scot­tish Left Re­view called for in its last ed­i­to­rial, Dug­dale needs to be re­moved by a lead­er­ship chal­lenge.

“The Labour left in Scot­land must quickly find a can­di­date to do this.

“Then Iain McNi­col, cur­rent gen­eral sec­re­tary of Bri­tish Labour, needs to be re­moved as does Brian Roy, cur­rent gen­eral sec­re­tary of Scot­tish Labour.

“Con­trol of Labour or­gan­i­sa­tion through these gen­eral sec­re­taries pre­vents the Cor­byn cur­rent wash­ing through the rest of the Labour Party.”

Mean­while, SLR said that sit­ting Labour MPs should face manda­tory re­s­e­lec­tion by their lo­cal party mem­bers be­fore be­ing al­lowed to stand in Gen­eral Elec­tions.

It said: “We only need to re­call the 1983 Peo­ple’s March for Jobs to re­mem­ber that Labour it­self did – and could again – or­gan­ise mass demon­stra­tions.

“Only with con­trol of the party ma­chine can such ini­tia­tives be taken and be suc­cess­ful.

“And then there is the is­sue of manda­tory re­s­e­lec­tion of sit­ting MPs in or­der that the right is re­moved from the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party so that par­lia­men­tary can­di­dates and elected MPs re­flect the new will of the mass of Labour Party mem­bers.

“There­fore, the is­sue of de­s­e­lec­tion can­not be ducked.

“If it is, the Blairites will use Venezuela or any other forth­com­ing is­sue to keep try­ing to un­der­mine Cor­byn.

“To not act in these ways would be a tragedy be­cause what Cor­byn and Cor­bynism rep­re­sent is not just the ar­tic­u­la­tion of a deeply and long-held re­vul­sion at the mar­ket and ne­olib­er­al­i­sa­tion but also giv­ing that re­vul­sion

Dug­dale needs to be re­moved by a lead­er­ship chal­lenge. The Labour left in Scot­land must quickly find A can­di­date to do this

of a new found sense of cred­i­bil­ity and vigour which can cre­ate an up­ward, vir­tu­ous spi­ral.”

Mean­while, Cor­byn will to­day say the coun­try needs a gov­ern­ment that will “fight for a so­ci­ety free from racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion” on the fi­nal day of his Scot­tish cam­paign tour.

The Labour leader will meet ac­tivists in Mus­sel­burgh, East Loth­ian, be­fore at­tend­ing an event at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe and later speak­ing at the Rock Against Racism fes­ti­val in Glas­gow.

A Scot­tish Labour spokesper­son said: “The suc­cess­ful Gen­eral Elec­tion cam­paign un­der Jeremy Cor­byn and Kezia Dug­dale de­liv­ered Labour gains across Scot­land. Over the sum­mer we have con­tin­ued that cam­paign and will fight for the re­turn of a Labour Gov­ern­ment for the many, not the few.”

Pho­to­graph: Colin Mearns

The Scot­tish Left Re­view (SLR) is call­ing for Scot­tish Labour leader Kezia Dug­dale and Scot­tish gen­eral sec­re­tary Brian Roy to both step down

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