Ian Murray
Ian Murray

Ian Murray

MP for Edinburgh South

Ian’s Candidate Statement

“I’m standing to be Deputy Leader because I want our party to win again.

Successive election defeats feel terrible. But they feel worse for every person and family who needs a Labour Government.

We let them and the country down.

My whole life I’ve fought and won against the odds.

I’m the son of a single parent after my dad died suddenly, brought up on a council estate and went to university at 16; a former kitchen porter who ended up running my own pubs; and a football fan who led the fight to save my beloved local team.

I’m the marginal seat MP who has survived a nationalist wave in Scotland – twice.

We can beat the Tories if we stop dwelling on the past and look to the future – for our party and our country.

Here’s my plan:

• We must be honest and listen to voters and members, so that we understand what we got wrong.

• We must stand up for every part of our UK, building on our values of internationalism and solidarity as a pro-UK and pro-European party.

• We must change the way our party works so that we transform its culture and tackle the scourge of antisemitism.

• We must organise effectively to ensure we target resources where needed.

• We must never stray from our Labour values while building a broad coalition of support as I have always done.

As a fighter, I know what it takes to win. But we must change to win.”

Ian Murray was nominated by the following MPs and MEPs:

  • Tonia Antoniazzi
  • Clive Betts
  • Nicholas Brown
  • Chris Bryant
  • Ruth Cadbury
  • Sarah Champion
  • Neil Coyle
  • Stella Creasy
  • Alex Cunningham
  • Wayne David
  • Alex Davies-Jones
  • Julie Elliott
  • Chris Elmore
  • Chris Evans
  • Mary Glindon
  • Nia Griffith
  • John Healey
  • Mark Hendrick
  • Margaret Hodge
  • Kevan Jones
  • Darren Jones
  • Liz Kendall
  • Peter Kyle
  • Holly Lynch
  • Kerry McCarthy
  • Siobhan McDonagh
  • Pat McFadden
  • Catherine McKinnell
  • Ian Murray
  • Toby Perkins
  • Bridget Phillipson
  • John Spellar
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Derek Twigg
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