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Usdaw urges Jim Murphy to stay in post and shape a new direction for Scottish Labour

Date: 13 May 2015 Lawrence Wason - Usdaw Scottish Officer says:

“There is no doubt that the general election result for Labour in Scotland could barely have been worse, but this is no time to turn on the leadership of the party. We need to keep our heads, quickly understand why the people of Scotland have, for the moment, moved away from Labour and focus on turning around the party’s fortunes at the Scottish Parliamentary Election next year.

“Jim Murphy needs the time and our support to get the job done and a leadership contest now, which would be the second in a year, is not the answer. We must not engage in a bout of navel gazing, we must reach out to Scottish voters and shape a new direction for Labour.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 433,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

For Usdaw press releases visit: www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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