Anas Sarwar: “I think we cannot continue the ridiculous position where we have the only Scottish Labour MP not being the shadow secretary state for Scotland.”
Speaking today at Glasgow Clyde College, the Labour MSP made clear that he thought Ian Murray must be directly involved with the new Labour leadership, saying that the shadow cabinet of the next leader should contain a shadow Scottish secretary that is the only Scottish Labour MP.
He said: “Whatever happens in the leadership result the most important thing is recognising that we have one Scottish Labour MP who has twice beaten the odds to win his seat.”
This comes after Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard, refused to back Ian Murray for the deputy leader position. Of his decision, he said: “I’m not going to make a public declaration about which candidate for leader or which candidate for deputy leader I’m backing, because I will need to work with whoever is elected.”
However, this is not the first time Labour leaders have remained neutral on key issues. During the 2019 General Election Jeremy Corbyn refused to give his party’s stance on Brexit, preferring to remain publicly indifferent on the matter.
Anas said: “If you stand in the middle of the road, you are going to get run over.”