Ian Murray reselected after Unite challenge

Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray has been reselected for Edinburgh South after Unite attempted to bring a reselection contest.

The union had said Murray had "consistently undermined" Labour's leadership.

CLP members overwhelmingly voted against reselection, with only Unite voting against whilst four other trade unions backed the MP. 

Murray was the only Scottish Labour MP elected to Westminster after the party's wipeout in 2015, securing increased majorities at each election.

A CLP source told the Red Robin that they were glad members had the opportunity to vote.

"Ian Murray is obviously a good constituency MP who has worked hard, any disagreement Unite or local members may have with him are purely political. It is good the CLP have been given a chance to decide whether to support him as Labour's candidate."

In a statement after the meeting, Ian Murray said it was a "huge honour" to be reselected as Labour's candidate:

“Representing my home city of Edinburgh is a great privilege, and I have always put this constituency first and foremost.

“I would not have become the MP in 2010 and certainly would not have held on in 2015 and ended up with the largest majority in Scotland in 2017 if it wasn’t for the hard-working and committed local Labour Party activists. I am grateful for their continued support and the support of the overwhelming majority of trade unions.

“I am also extremely grateful to the hundreds of people in Edinburgh South and further afield, from all parties and none, who have been in touch in recent days to offer their support and kind words. Thank you – it meant a huge deal.

“My focus remains on standing up for the 80,000 people in my constituency, regardless of how they voted, and working tirelessly to secure a People’s Vote to avoid a devastating Brexit.

“I look forward to standing in the next General Election, whenever it comes, and hope the people of Edinburgh South will once again put their trust in me to be their elected representative.”

158 of the 174 members present voted against reselection, alongside Usdaw, GMB, Unison, Community and the Co-op.

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