Friday, 5 September 2008

A Green vote for Labour leader

Word has reached me (I'm starting to sound like Scottish Tory Boy here!) that yet another member of a party represented in the Scottish Parliament has cast a ballot in the election for the leader of the Labour group of MSPs.

It is my understanding that a former Green MSP had a vote in the contest through their trade union and that their ballot was cast for resident "lefty" Cathy Jamieson.

Given each of the three candidates backed nuclear power and nuclear weapons on Newsnight last night, I'm surprised said former Green MSP decided to vote for any of them.

4 comments:

Mono 5 September 2008 at 14:30  

i thought jamieson said she was opposed to the new trident?

Malc 5 September 2008 at 14:39  

I think what she said was that she "wished we lived in a world where nuclear weapons were not necessary, but until that day we should renew our weapons system."

But you can check that against the Newsnight transcript or on iPlayer.

Stephen Glenn 5 September 2008 at 15:17  

Actually Malc I've got my Trade Union Ballot paper as well but as a matter of personal principle I don't vote for Labour leadership elections. I love comparing the literature though.

Malc 5 September 2008 at 15:33  

I find that, frankly, bizarre Stephen.

In theory, members of other parties could have as much of a say in electing a leader for Labour's MSPs as ordinary Labour members.

And we wonder why they're in trouble?

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