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Richard Leonard: The battle for Scottish Labour’s soul

Richard LeonardThe Battle for Scottish Labour’s Soul

The Scottish Labour Party is entering a critical few months.

Decisions taken in the next year will determine whether we grow or decline, whether we become relevant or irrelevant, whether we have more of the same or whether we re-establish Labour as a popular democratic socialist party with a distinctive Scottish Labour message built on the trade unions and a healthy grass roots movement, or reduce it to a career bureau dependent on external experts, “business champions” and focus groups for direction.

New Constituency Labour Parties based on Scottish Parliament boundaries, instead of Westminster constituencies, will come into existence on 1st January 2013.

In preparation for that in August and September of this year all Labour Party members in Scotland will be invited along to new Constituency meetings to decide amongst other things whether they wish to abolish all Party branches in their area and terminate delegate structures in their CLP and so negate the influence of trade unions and socialist societies in policy making and selection procedures.

Then next March at the Scottish Labour Party Conference there will be critical debates on what the Scottish Labour Party stands for: what are our principles, what is our creed, on how the Scottish Labour Party should approach the Scottish independence referendum, and how we select our candidates for public office.

So the next year presents challenges but also opportunities. It is an opportunity to revitalise and re-build the Party, to re-moor it to its democratic socialist and trades union roots, and to set in train an agenda for change.

After all we want to rebuild and reform the Party so that we can rebuild and reform the society we live in and fundamentally change the balance of power in the economy we work in.

Richard Leonard
GMB Scotland Political Officer
June 2012

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