Ian takes campaign to Stoke
Labour deputy leadership candidate Ian Murray is campaigning in Stoke today, warning that the party must change to win back power.
Mr Murray, Scotland’s only Labour MP, said the party cannot hope to win back voters’ trust with the continuity offered by other candidates.
He is promising a change of direction for Labour, including a Campaign for Britain’s Future that would empower the UK’s nations and regions, including the West Midlands.
Mr Murray is supported by former MPs Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell, who lost Stoke-on-Trent North and Stoke-on-Trent Central to the Tories last year, as well as West Midlands MPs Jess Phillips and Pat McFadden.
This evening (MON), Mr Murray is meeting Labour supporters in Stoke with Ms Smeeth and Mr Snell.
Ian Murray MP, Labour deputy leadership candidate, said:
“Our defeats in Stoke were devastating for the party and for those who most need a Labour government, demonstrating that we completely lost the trust of voters.
“We can’t hope to win back their trust if we choose continuity candidates to lead the party – Labour has to change.
“We will only be able to transform lives once again if we are in power, and that requires changing to become a credible alternative government.
“To do that we have to be a party for the entire UK – all of its regions including the West Midlands; and all of its nations.
“Post-Brexit, we have to fight for workers’ rights in every community, Leave or Remain.
“I know how to build coalitions of voters and that is what I will do as deputy leader.”
Ruth Smeeth, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North from 2015 until 2019, said:
“Naively, I never thought I would have to feel grateful to my friends for standing with me in a fight against racism. It turns out that I did. But with Ian I didn’t need to say thank you.
“He was there without asking when I needed him.
“Ian has shown me time and again what a wonderful man he is, how brave politicians can be, and what leadership should look like – which is why I’m proud he’s my friend and delighted he’s running for deputy leader.”
Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, said:
“Our party needs to change for the future and Ian is my first preference for Labour deputy leader.
“Labour must be a party for every region and nation of the UK, standing up for our values of solidarity and working together, and Ian is the candidate who best understands that.
“Ian has put forward a positive vision not only for our party, but also for the country. He recognises that we can’t just talk to ourselves – we must listen to voters in seats we held, seats we lost and seats we have never held.
“People didn’t trust Labour in the last election because they weren’t sure where we stood on the big issues of the day, and Ian is right that this can never happen again.
“All his life he has fought and won against the odds, and we need him at the top of our party.”