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Jim Murphy may face Labour party 'no confidence' vote




Jim Murphy arriving at meeting

                        Mr Murphy arrived at the Glasgow meeting shortly before 10:00


Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has arrived at a meeting of the party's executive, where he is expected to face a vote of no confidence.

Mr Murphy has faced calls to stand down in the wake of his party's near wipeout at the general election.

Mr Murphy, who lost his own seat last week, has insisted he will survive any attempt to oust him.

Scottish Labour chairman Jamie Glackin told BBC Scotland he expected there would be a confidence vote.

Mr Murphy arrived at the meeting in Glasgow alongside his deputy Kezia Dugdale shortly before 10:00.

On Friday, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) became the latest trade union to call for Mr Murphy to resign.

A spokesman said: "It is clear that the Labour Party needs to rebuild in Scotland and CWU believes that will be done most effectively under new leadership."

Scottish Labour lost 40 seats to the SNP in the general election, leaving just one MP representing the party in Westminster.


Analysis by Andrew Kerr, BBC Scotland

At a meeting of the party's executive this morning, a motion of no confidence in Mr Murphy could be tabled.

By some accounts, the vote could be tight - but the leader is confident he'll survive. 

This may be a significant short term issue, it could even be viewed as a distraction.

But, as many are pointing out, the long-term survival of Scottish Labour could very well be at stake.


Labour members are split on Mr Murphy's future, with some senior MPs and MSPs publicly defending the former East Renfrewshire MP, insisting Labour's problems pre-date his appointment as leader and were too deeply entrenched to turn around in a few months.

Earlier this week, supporters of Mr Murphy were asked to sign a letter giving him their backing.

Two members of his shadow Scottish cabinet, Alex Rowley and Neil Findlay, have quit their posts following the general election result, with Mr Rowley, warning the party was heading for "disappearance" in Scotland unless Mr Murphy resigned.

The boss of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, has also called on the Scottish Labour leader to stand down and accused him of "making certain" the Conservatives won the general election.

The train drivers' union, Aslef, backed calls for him to go and Unison Scotland urged a "radical change in approach" by the Labour Party in Scotland and said it "would not oppose" a move to change the leader.

'Rebuild the party'

However, Mr Murphy has received backing from Usdaw, which represents shop workers, and the Community union.

Scottish Labour's sole MP, Ian Murray, has also publically backed Mr Murphy, and predicted he would continue as leader.

Mr Murray said: "He will rebuild the party. He will take the Scottish Labour party forward to the 2016 elections.  And we look forward to putting together a very progressive policy platform that the Scottish people can see that the Scottish Labour party are back, that we'll regain their trust and we'll be a very formidable opposition and win in 2016.

"That's what we're all working towards."

Members of the Almond Valley constituency Labour party voted by a majority, at a meeting on Thursday evening, that Mr Murphy should stand down.

However, they said they had been told their views would not be put to the meeting of the party's executive due to the fact that "not enough" members attended the meeting.

Mr Murphy had been an MP for the East Renfrewshire area since 1997 and elected as Scottish Labour in December last year. He lost his seat to the SNP's Kirsten Oswald.


Profile: Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour leader

Six months ago Jim Murphy was elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and he had big ambitions.

He would oversee the re-election of Scotland's 41 Labour MPs, he would win a seat at the 2016 Holyrood election and he would become the next first minister of Scotland.

But the plan is not working out.

At last week's general election, Mr Murphy was one of the defeated candidates as Labour lost 40 Westminster seats to the Scottish National Party.

And now the 47-year-old is fighting for his political future.


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