Scottish Labour Party

Sarwar's business backers

Submitted by cathy n on 27 December, 2017 - 3:33 Author: Ann Field

Anas Sarwar spent more than twice as much as Richard Leonard in the Scottish Labour Party (SLP) leadership contest held late last year. A large proportion of the donations came from businesses linked to his family.

Sarwar spent over £150,000 during the ten-week election campaign. The largest campaign donation (£41,000) came from United Brands Ltd., part of United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd. (UWS), which was founded by Sarwar’s father and uncle and is now run by his brother Asim.

Left candidate wins Scottish Labour leadership

Submitted by cathy n on 20 November, 2017 - 12:26 Author: Dale Street
Richard Leonard

On Saturday 18 November, Richard Leonard was announced as the new Scottish Labour leader. In the election contest triggered by the sudden resignation of Kezia Dugdale, he defeated Anas Sarwar by 57% to 43%.

Among individual members Leonard had a narrow majority (52% to 48%). Among affiliated trade union supporters he had an overwhelming majority (77% to 23%). Among registered supporters Anas Sarwar secured a narrow majority (52% to 48%).

A battle to liberate Scottish Labour from the old guard

Submitted by cathy n on 13 November, 2017 - 3:59 Author: Dale Street
for real change

The result of the contest for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party will be announced on Saturday, 18th November.

At the core of that contest has been a struggle by the rank-and-file of the Scottish Labour Party and affiliated trade unions in Scotland to liberate the Scottish labour movement from the grip of a right-wing old-guard establishment.

Vote Richard Leonard for Scottish Labour Leader

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 12:17 Author: Dale Street

Supporting nominations from Constituency Labour Parties in the Scottish Labour Party leadership contest closed on 13 October. Richard Leonard had 42, compared with 16 for Anas Sarwar. The right-wing Community trade union backed Sarwar. All other unions which submitted a supporting nomination backed Leonard.

Scottish Labour lags behind Matthew Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:43
anas sarwar

Anas Sarwar, candidate of the right wing in the Scottish Labour Party leadership contest, has been getting a bad press. And deservedly so.

Socialism and hope - a turbulent read cathy n Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:50
Scottish Labour rose

Surely the most striking thing about Labour MSP Neil Findlay’s recently published “Socialism and Hope – A Journey Through Turbulent Times” is the fact that it almost manages to avoid using the same insult twice.

Pro-independence campaigner Robin McAlpine “talks utter bolloks, this guy is completely nuggets”. Scottish Resistance leader Sean Clerkin is “mad as a hatter and a serial abuser of Labour politicians.” Cat Boyd of the “so-called Radical Independence Campaign” is someone who “fancies herself as some sort of left superstar”.

Scottish Labour: back Leonard and transform the Party

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 2:55 Author: Dale Street
Scottish Labour logo

Nominations closed last Sunday (17th September) for the post of Scottish Labour Party (SLP) leader, left vacant by the recent resignation of Kezia Dugdale. There will be two names on the ballot paper: Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard.

Sarwar was a Westminster MP from 2010 to 2015, when he lost his seat in the SNP landslide. In 2011 he was elected Scottish Labour Party deputy leader but resigned from the post in late 2014. In the 2016 Holyrood elections he was elected as a Glasgow list MSP.

Sarwar certainly has money and an election machine at his disposal.