Sunday, 15 February 2015

Trouble for Labour as Scottish MPs Warn Milliband to Stay Away

Claims in the Sunday Telegraph that Labour MPs have warned Ed Miliband to stay away from Scotland are a clear sign of a party in deep trouble.

One Scottish Labour MP is quoted saying "does Ed Miliband bring me votes? Absolutely not. If Ed wanted to campaign in my seat would I agree? I'm not sure... You wouldn't want him out campaigning in a shopping mall".

Other MPs have reportedly told the Sunday Telegraph that Ed Miliband will not feature on their campaign literature and that they do not want Labour HQ to send him to their seat.

Last month a Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times put Ed Miliband’s approval rating in Scotland on -46 per cent, even lower than David Cameron’s rating of -42 per cent.

Commenting, SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie said:

“This latest sign of infighting within the Labour party shows the scale of the panic that is gripping their MPs in the face of poor polling results.

“If Labour cannot even sell Ed Miliband’s leadership to their own MPs, why on earth do they expect people in Scotland to vote for him?

"As far as the SNP is concerned, the more times Ed Miliband comes to Scotland the better. The only people who don't want him here are those in his own party.

“The fact is that people across Scotland want MPs who will put their interests above all others and stand up for Scotland – something only the SNP can unequivocally promise.

“Electing a strong team of SNP MPs in May will be a force for change and will let Scotland gain the powers we need to create jobs and build a fairer, more prosperous country.”
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