Labour must win in Wales to win power
Labour deputy leadership candidate Ian Murray MP is campaigning in Wales with a message that the party must win back seats in the country to win back power.
Mr Murray, Scotland’s only Labour MP, said his experience of taking on the Tories and the nationalists will help Labour win in every part of the UK.
If elected deputy leader, he said his task will be to help organise and deliver support for Welsh Labour, with vital Assembly elections next year.
Ensuring a Labour government is elected in Wales in 2021 is key to the party going on to win across the UK in 2024.
Mr Murray is supported in Wales by former minister and Welsh MP David Hanson, who is co-chair of his campaign, as well as Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith, MP for Ogmore Chris Elmore and former Bridgend MP Win Griffiths.
Ian Murray MP, Labour deputy leadership candidate, said:
“It was incredibly sad to lose hard-working MPs in north and south Wales in the General Election. Working in partnership with our Welsh colleagues, we need to win back seats here to win back power.
“Labour must be a party for the whole UK, including Wales and Scotland, and I want to use my experience of taking on the Tories and the nationalists to help Labour recover.
“As deputy leader my task will be to help organise and deliver support for Welsh Labour, with vital Assembly elections next year.
“Ensuring a Labour government is elected in Wales in 2021 is key to the party going on to win across the UK in 2024.”
David Hanson, co-chair of the Ian Murray for Deputy Leader campaign and former Security Minister, said:
“Ian can reach voters in Wales and areas across the UK where we need to win to form a government in 2024.
“I lost my seat in 2019, but with Ian in a leadership position I believe we can win it back and win more seats across Wales next time.
“Ian also understands devolution and how to take on nationalists, so his experience is vital for this role at the top of our party.”
Chris Elmore, Labour MP for Ogmore, said:
“No-one in the race has spoken about Wales and Welsh Labour as engagingly and passionately as Ian Murray has.
“As our only Scottish MP, he has proven time and time again he has the campaigning nous to take on the challenges of nationalism, and the understanding of the changes we need to preserve the Union.
“He is also the only MP standing in either the leadership or deputy leadership race from a constituency outside of England. In a time when the future of the Union seems more uncertain than ever, it is staggering to think that we could end up with a ballot paper of only English MPs.
“Ian’s voice will improve the quality of the debate across the board – but it will be particularly important in ensuring that Wales remains at the heart of our discussions about Labour’s future. That’s why I will be backing him, and why I urge Welsh CLPs to do the same.”