February 2015

Jenny Marra MSP : The SNP's A&E Crisis - The Facts >>.

Download a copy (PDF format ) >>>

Scottish Labour Video : Taking Responsibility for the NHS

Under the SNP, Scottish Accident & Emergency Waiting Times are now worse than in England

Jim Murphy has announced Scottish Labour's second election pledge: we will give the Scottish Parliament the final say over benefits.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Jim Murphy and Gordon Brown argued with the Vow being delivered we now need to built on it so we can achieve our historic aim – full employment and social justice for the people of Scotland.

Scottish Labour will go further than The Vow and further than Smith in 5 important areas, offering distinctive Labour change in welfare:

Giving the Scottish Parliament a power to top up benefits.

Ensuring our Parliament has the power to create new benefits.

Bringing employment and welfare policy together in Scotland.

Full devolution of housing benefit.

Devolving welfare not just to Holyrood but to local communities.


1 February 2015

Download a copy of this release

Since their election in December Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale have used their first 50 days to transform Scottish Labour and set the political agenda.

Speaking after 50 days as the Leader of a reinvigorated Scottish Labour Party and with fewer than 100 days until the general election, Jim Murphy said Scottish Labour had changed, but the only way to deliver the change Scotland needs is to remove Prime Minister, David Cameron from office in May.

Scottish Labour has:

1.    Announced funding for 1,000 extra NHS nurses through a Mansion Tax on homes across the UK   worth more than £2 million

2.    Called for the SNP to back Labour’s £100m NHS Frontline Fund to allow hospitals facing extra pressure to have planned surgery at the weekends and diagnostics in the evening.

3.    Announced a Scottish Labour Government would introduce a triple-lock system to stop fracking in Scotland.

4.    Spearheaded urgent action to support jobs and investment in the North Sea oil industry at a time of crisis.

5.    Called for the SNP to back Labour’s plan for a resilience fund to be used in times of crisis for some of Scotland’s crucial industries and to deal with the consequences of large scale redundancies on local economies.

6.    Forced the SNP to scrap the women’s super-prison in Inverclyde.

7.    Called for the implementation in full of the recommendations of the Angiolini report on women’s offending.

8.    Proposed a change to the Scottish Labour constitution with a commitment to a patriotic,powerful and permanent Scottish Parliament.

9.    Called for a People’s ScotRail – a public sector bid to run Scotland’s railways

10.  Announced that a Scottish Labour Government would have a renewed and unrelenting focus on the 20 schools in Scotland that the SNP Government in Edinburgh is failing.

11.  Demanded an apology for the 12,000 people who had not been treated within the legal waiting time limit of 12 weeks under the Scottish Government’s Treatment Time Guarantee.

12.  Taken Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet on the road to talk to the people of Scotland.

13.  Hired twenty new organisers to lead our campaign to win May’s general election.

14.  Called for City Deals for all of Scotland’s cities

15.  Called for the immediate devolution of the Work Programme to Local Authorities to get Scots into work.

16.  Called for a long term solution to student support budget shortfalls in Scotland’s colleges.

17.  Demanded the Scottish Government set up a Scottish Office for Budget Responsibility.

18.  Successfully called on the Scottish Government to double the number of MND specialist nurses.

19.  Released a living wage plan to deliver a pay rise for half a million Scots

20.  Successfully arranged an Oil Summit involving the Scottish Government, UK Government, local authorities and trades unions to support jobs in the North East

21.  Promised a local referendum before any fracking can take place in our local communities. 

22.  Announced Scottish Labour would stop the spread of Fixed Odd Betting Terminals using new Smith powers.

23.  Committed Labour to introducing a Home Rule Bill within 100 days of winning the General Election.

24.  Supported Knighthoods for football legends Billy McNeil and John Greig.

25.  Urged broadcasters to show all Scottish national football games on television.

26.  Promised to raise educational attainment for all.

27.  Announced Scottish Labour would double the number of teaching assistants in the primary schools that are associated with the secondary schools which the SNP Government in Edinburgh has failed.

28.  Introduced £1 membership of the Scottish Labour Party.

29.  Urged the Scottish Government to support DevoMax within Scotland.

30.  Launched MyFuture Scotland initiative – letting Scotland’s young people shape the future of the Scottish Labour Party.

31.  Called for a cap on household energy bills to tackle the cost of living crisis.

32.  Urged the Scottish Government to reinstate university research funding

33.  Announced a gender balanced Shadow Cabinet and committed to at least 50% of a future Scottish Labour cabinet being women.

34.  Called for the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.

35.  Called for an inquiry into V&A overspend in Dundee.

36.  Supported an opt-out system for organ donations

37.  Voted for an energy regulator with the power to cut energy bills.

38.  Supported the continuation of Barnett Formula against SNP opposition.

39.  Reached out to Yes voters, targeting the 190,381 voters who backed Labour at the 2010 UK election but then voted Yes in the independence referendum.

40.  Criticised the SNP Government in Edinburgh for an underspend of £444 million.

41.  Called for urgent action from the SNP Government for our NHS as a new report shows the Scottish NHS is performing worse than the English NHS.

42.  Backed the Job Creation (Scotland) Bill for the immediate devolution of job creating powers to Scotland.

43.  Delivered on the Vow.

44.  Launched “Skills Match” ensuring the skills of every Scottish Labour Party member are used.

45.  Called for greater priority to be given to mental health research after new figures show a huge drop in research funding under the SNP Government.

46.  Called for Dundee City Council to work with the Scottish Government to bring a share of the £30 billion oil industry decommissioning jobs to Dundee.

47.  Demanded the weekly publication of A&E statistics, as happens in England.

48.  Supported a 50p top rate of tax using the new powers being delivered through the Smith Commission.

49.  Called for our Scottish NHS to be exempted from TTIP, to block US private healthcare in Scotland

50.  And.Irritated Boris Johnson.

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy said:

 Under the new leadership team – in just 50 days - Scottish Labour has changed. Now we want to change Scotland.

 “But with less than 100 days to go until the General Election in May, changing our party is not enough. We need to change Scotland.

 “The only guarantee of the change Scotland needs is to get rid of David Cameron, and elect a Labour government in May.

 “Only the Labour Party is big enough and strong enough across the whole of the UK to kick David Cameron out of Downing Street.

“A vote for any party other than Scottish Labour risks letting the Tories in the back door.


Commenting on the Strength of Opposition to the Proposed Closure of Menzieshill High School

Laurie Bidwell , Labour's Education Spokesperson in Dundee

27 January 2015

The mounting number of supporters for the 'Stop the Closure of Menzieshill High School' online petition is another indicator that there is growing resistance to the proposed closure of the school.

The consultation meeting at the school last Thursday was attended by a 200+ group of parents, carers and pupils who overwhelmingly were also not convinced by the Education Director's case for the closure of the school.


What also emerged from that meeting and the comments made by the supporters of the petition is that Menzieshill High school is held in high esteem by pupils and former pupils.


Its location at the heart of the Lochee ward mean that it is a real 'community school' serving its pupils and recreational groups that use its extensive sports facilities.


The relative smallness of the current school roll seems to be one of the features that contributes to it being a good place to learn which is less daunting for pupils coming up from Primary.


On the other hand the location and size of Harris Academy, with a projected school roll almost three times the size of Menzieshill High School are real put offs.


I hope the SNP group of City Councillors, who have backed the proposal to shut the school, are listening.


The petition is at :  https://www.change.org/p/dundee-city-council-stop-the-closure-of-menzieshill-high-school


27 January 2015

In 100 days Scotland can help end Tory rule across the UK.

The opinion polls show that this general election is neck and neck between Labour and the Tories.

It looks like the closest election for decades and Scotland can decide whether David Cameron stays or goes.

Scotland is changing, and Scottish Labour is changing with it.

It’s a fresh start for Scottish Labour and the path to a better nation runs through May 7th and getting the Tories out.

Only the biggest party after the general election can form a government.

In the referendum whether you were Yes or whether you were No, most Scots know it's time for the Tories to go.

Only Labour is big enough and strong enough to defeat David Cameron.

Scotland can protest against the Tories by voting for any party but only Labour can replace them.

A vote for the SNP risks five more years of the Tories, five more years of misery on our most vulnerable, and five more years of wasted opportunities for our young people.

A Labour government will change Scotland, and the whole UK, for the better.

We will tax the bonuses of bankers in London to guarantee a job for every young person in Scotland.

We will use a UK-wide Mansion Tax on properties worth over £2 million to deliver better funding for our NHS.

Labour believes those who can afford to pay a bit more to support our schools and hospitals should, that is why we would introduce a 50p top rate of tax on the highest earners.

We will make work pay, by increasing the minimum wage and banning exploitative zero hour contracts, and we’ll encourage more employers to pay better, with tax incentives to pay the living wage.

In 100 days we can choose progress over protest by sending Scottish Labour MPs to help form a UK Labour government.

Download this news release (PDF format)

The V&A Dundee : Way Forward Agreed  >>>

View the Scottish Labour video >>>

Download a copy of Jim Murphy's Five Point Plan for Dundee (PDF)


Huge Increase in cost of V&A Dundee

Comment by

Kevin Keenan , Labour Group Leader on Dundee City Council  >>>

Richard McCready, Labour Group Spokesperson on Culture on Dundee City Council >>>

Jenny Marra MSP >>>

A video message for 2015 from  Jim Murphy, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and Kezia Dugdale, Deputy Leader >>.



Ed Miliband's New Year Message : The Chance To Change Direction



 Jim Murphy, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party


View the larger screen version of this video >>>

Download a copy of Jim Murphy's speech >>>



Kezia Dugdale and Jim Murphy, leader and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party ( view larger-sized image >>>)




Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale on his speech about Clause 4


Ed Miliband: I'm fighting for a fairer, more just Britain