First he did his level best to ensure that left-wing candidate Rhea Wolfson would not qualify for election to the party’s National Executive Committee by convincing her constituency members – falsely – that the Momentum organisation that supported her was full of anti-Semites. Ms Wolfson is Jewish.
Now he has held meetings with leading Conservatives, allowing members of the SNP – the party that swept his right-wing Labour out of all but one Scottish seat in the 2015 general election – to claim the ‘Better Together’ campaign is still “alive”.
‘Better Together’ was the campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, in the run-up to the independence referendum of 2014. Labour and the Conservatives ran a joint campaign called ‘Better Together’ (although a separate Labour-only campaign also existed), allowing the SNP to claim that the two parties were not opposed to each other at all but were closely allied.
Mr Murphy’s actions seem to indicate that – as far as he is concerned, at least – this is factually accurate.
The rest of us take a more adversarial view of the Conservatives. He has brought Labour into disrepute – but I bet he’ll still get to vote in the Labour leadership election.
Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has been having cosy political chats with senior members of the Conservative government.
The arch-Blairite has held meetings with Scottish Secretary David Mundell and his Scotland Office deputy, Lord Andrew Dunlop.
A Westminster source suggested Murphy, who was a Cabinet Office minister, Europe minister, and finally Scottish Secretary under New Labour, had offered the pair tips on high office.
An SNP spokeswoman said: “It seems Better Together is still alive – even if it isn’t very well.”
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