Jim Murphy to run for Labour leadership

Jim Murphy wants to lead Labour in Scotland
Jim Murphy wants to lead Labour in Scotland
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Jim Murphy MP has become the third person to declare an intention to stand as the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party, according to reports.

Mr Murphy will face Lothian MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the race to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned on Friday with a stinging attack on UK Labour colleagues who she accused of treating Scotland as a “branch office”.

Mr Murphy said he is standing so that he can fight to be Scotland’s First Minister.

He told the Daily Record newspaper: “I think it is time for a fresh start for the Scottish Labour party. I am proud of the Labour Party and I am proud of Scotland - but I am not satisfied.

“I want to strike a tone that stops the Scottish Labour Party from committing self harm. I want to unite the Labour Party but more importantly I want to bring the country back together after the referendum.

“I am not going to shout at or about the SNP, I am going to talk to and listen to Scotland and I am very clear that the job I am applying for is to be the First Minister of Scotland.”

Former prime minister Gordon Brown and interim leader Anas Sarwar previously ruled themselves out of the running.