Scottish Labour distance themselves from John McDonnell on tax cuts for higher earners
As SNP mock shadow chancellor’s lack of defiance to Tory tax cuts, Richard Leonard says raising the higher rate threshold “should not be a priority for the Scottish Government”
RICHARD LEONARD has attempted to distance Scottish Labour from shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s recent insistence that Labour would not oppose Tory tax cuts for higher earners announced in this week’s budget, instead arguing that raising the higher rate threshold “should not be a priority” in Scotland.
‘Change the language of poverty’: Children’s sector calls for 25 changes to improve lives of young Scots
Policy proposals and demands for cultural change chosen by Scottish young people have been published to mark the 25th anniversary of Children in Scotland
SCOTLAND’S YOUNG PEOPLE have demanded a lower voting age, better mental health care, an expansion of the rights of trans youth and a society-wide change in the way child poverty is talked about, via a new Scotland-wide campaign.
Exclusive: ‘No reason’ Alex Rowley shouldn’t be in Shadow Cabinet, Labour women’s group say
Shadow Cabinet reshuffle saw high profile centrist MSPs Anas Sarwar and Jackie Baillie removed
SCOTTISH LABOUR WOMEN’S MOVEMENT have defended the decision of party leader Richard Leonard to bring Alex Rowley MSP, who quit as deputy leader last December after allegations of harassment, back onto the Cabinet.
Leah Franchetti: Reshuffles are a fact of life - time for Labour to roll its sleeves up
Leah Franchetti (@leahfranchetti), vice-chair of the Shettleston Labour Party and on the steering group of the Scottish Labour Women’s Movement, responds to Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard’s reshuffle on Thursday [4 October], where centrist MSPs Jackie Baillie and Anas Sarwar were booted out of the shadow cabinet
THE instinct of the Labour Party is, if there’s a problem, change the leader, sit back, fold your arms and wait to be disappointed because you’re sure it’s not going to deliver.
Beyond the Noise: Scottish Labour after Liverpool - from bad to worse?
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 outrage-driven social media news circus and gets to heart of issues, trying to finding the substance behind the headlines.
IN THIS episode, Jamieson and Jonathon Shafi, a Scottish socialist activist who attended the Liverpool Labour conference, discuss the struggle between different party factions and Scottish Labour's mounting difficulties after Richard Leonard’s calamitous performance.
Robin McAlpine: Can Scottish Labour be led by a man whose heart isn't in Holyrood?
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that Richard Leonard shows all the morbid signs of being the latest Scottish Labour leader for whom the job of First Minister is never going to come
MOST OF Richard Leonard's performance as Scottish Labour leader has been exactly what I predicted. But not everything – and it's the surprises which should worry his party.
Analysis: On Scottish independence, Labour will find no solutions by going backwards
In seeking to cement Labour’s opposition to a second independence referendum, Richard Leonard has only energised a debate he hoped to end
CURIOUSLY ENOUGH, it was not a particularly slow news week when the revelation of a Scottish Labour leader’s opposition to independence made the headlines.
Corbyn challenges May to achieve 'jobs' and 'rights' Brexit or stand aside
Party conference sees battle over Brexit stance
JEREMY CORBYN has closed the UK Labour conference by challenging Prime Minister Theresa May to negotiate a Brexit that served workers’ rights or stand down.
The Labour leader emphasised a General Election and a Labour negotiated exit from the EU after a conference that had seen intense negotiations over the party's attitude to Brexit and the possibility of a second vote.
Analysis: Leonard, Corbyn and the two souls of Labour socialism
David Jamieson analyses the ideologies on the left of labour that have emerged as two competing strands of socialism at the party conference, one represented by Richard Leonard, the other Jeremy Corbyn
WITH THE LABOUR conference rounding up today [26 September] a confused image of Labour's political profile has emerged. On the one hand shadow chancellor John McDonnell's speech hosted some of the most radical economic ideas ever put before the British electorate.