Kezia Dugdale said that as devolution strengthens across the UK, it was ‘right that Scottish Labour changes to reflect that’ [Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images].

Kezia Dugdale said that as devolution strengthens across the UK, it was ‘right that Scottish Labour changes to reflect that’ [Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images].


If Scottish Labour wants more freedom from the rest of the UK Labour Party, why should it be granted a new seat on the National Executive Committee?

The two things are mutually exclusive.

You know This Writer’s opinion – the NEC has only given seats to Welsh Labour and Scottish Labour representatives because opponents of Jeremy Corbyn know Carwyn Jones and Kezia Dugdale will send representatives who also oppose Mr Corbyn – no matter what the party memberships in Wales and Scotland want.

That’s why I’ve said there should be elections for the positions.

In Scotland’s case, it is even more important that this should happen, if the party there wants more autonomy.

Ms Dugdale will be checked by a representative telling her what Scottish Labour really wants.

Labour’s national conference will be asked to approve plans for the Scottish wing of the party to have full control over its policy and candidate selection, after years of tension with leaders in London.

Labour’s national executive committee agreed late on Tuesday to give Scottish Labour full policymaking autonomy, including control over the selection of Westminster candidates and its constituency parties, while still being funded by the wider party.

Source: Scottish Labour calls on conference to back bid for more autonomy | Politics | The Guardian

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