Former Labour Prime Ministers comment on the contest

Former Labour Prime Ministers comment on the contest

Former Labour Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair have both commented on the party’s deputy leadership contest.

In a statement to Scientists for Labour, Gordon Brown said:

“It is a privilege to be patron of Scientists for Labour. I know Ian Murray to have been committed to and directly involved in supporting investment in science in our country, not least because of his association with Edinburgh University and in particular its science campus at King’s Buildings.

“I think that as a candidate whom I support for the deputy leadership he can ensure that the next Labour manifesto will give the priority to science and innovation that scientists deserve and is the best way forward for our country.”

In a post on Twitter, Tony Blair said:

“Strong argument by @IanMurrayMP that needs to be made – and heard – if Labour is going to once again become a party of government – Tony Blair.”

Ian Murray MP said in response:

I’m honoured to have my analysis, plan and direction for the party endorsed by two former Prime Ministers.

“I will never trash the record of the last Labour government.

“Tony Blair and Gordon Brown delivered transformational change in our country that lifted millions out of poverty, creating opportunities for people that have since been taken away by the Tories.

“The only way to get Labour back into power is to change our party once again.

“If members are happy with remaining in opposition and want more of the same, they shouldn’t vote for me – they should vote for a continuity candidate.

“I believe we can’t just continue with a different voice and a different face; we need to change direction too.”

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