Monday, 23 February 2015

Labour's Murphy Challenged After Member of his Policy Forum Calls for Tory Vote


Jim Murphy’s reverse honeymoon has continued after it emerged that a member of his policy making body has called for Labour voters to vote for the Tories and LibDems.

Robert James McNeill, who describes himself on Twitter as a member of Labour’s Scottish Policy Forum and Vice-Chair of East Lothian Constituency Labour Party, promoted on Twitter Labour voters in 16 Scottish constituencies voting for the Tories or Lib Dems.

A YouGov poll published on the 3rd of February found that 43 per cent of respondents believe the SNP is best placed to prevent another Conservative Government, compared to just 33 per cent who believe Labour is best placed to do so.

Commenting, SNP MP Pete Wishart said:

“This call by a member of Scottish Labour's Policy Forum for people to vote for more Tory MPs at the General Election is a major headache for Jim Murphy - Labour's campaign in Scotland has just imploded.

“If Jim Murphy keeps Mr McNeill in his policy post, then the only conclusion people in Scotland will be able to draw is that he too wants Labour voters to cast their votes for Tories - which makes the re-election of David Cameron more likely.

“When a senior Labour member is calling for people in Scotland to vote for the Tories, it is no wonder that far more people trust the SNP rather than Labour to keep the Tories out of government.

“The key issue in May is who will best represent the people of Scotland - the General Election is a wonderful opportunity for Scotland to have power by electing a strong team of SNP MPs to a hung parliament at Westminster.”
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