Monday, May 08, 2006

The Scottish Play

North of the border the Scottish Labour Party leadership, amidst fears that the departure row will threaten the Holyrood election campaign, is refusing to back Blair.

Scottish parliamentary and local elections are due next May, and internal polling data leaked last week pointed to a possible loss of up to 12 seats.

On BBC's The Politics Show yesterday Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson dissociated the Scottish party from the Westminster leadership crisis.

"When we go into the elections for Holyrood and local government we should be going into those elections laying out what Labour has done for the people of Scotland," she said.

The electorate does not expect to see in-fighting within the Labour Party over the next year, she added.

Read Louise Gray and James Kirkup in The Scotsman


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