11 January 2020

Commenting on today’s meeting of Scottish Labour’s Executive committee, Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard said:

“Today Scottish Labour’s executive met in Glasgow.

“Representatives of all sections of our party – constituency delegates, trade unions, socialist societies and elected representatives – agreed to consult on the outcome of last month’s General Election.

"As part of that, our policy on federalism will be developed to ensure that it resonates with people across Scotland.

"The result of this consultation will form the basis of the approach Scottish Labour will take as we look forward to putting our positive case before the people of Scotland at the 2021 Holyrood elections.

“As I set out shortly after last month’s election, I want Scottish Labour to hold a swift, evidence-based review of the result and the lessons we must learn as a party.

"We must in particular consider our position on the constitutional questions which dominated the general election campaign: namely Scotland’s constitutional future and our relationship with the European Union – drawing on our tradition as the party of devolution.

“Today I am delighted to announce that Linda Stewart, a former chair of Scottish Labour, and respected academic, Professor David Conway, will help lead this review.

" Over the next few weeks, the review team will take evidence from election candidates, and party activists to inform their conclusions.

" I hope that they can count on your support in this vital task.

“The review team will then report back to the March meeting of Scottish Labour’s executive, which will examine the political and organisational lessons which we must draw. “Scottish Labour members, activists, staff, elected representatives and affiliates worked exceptionally hard during the general election campaign, and I am deeply sorry that it did not pay off with a better result.

"But I know that the process we have agreed to today will allow us to listen and learn and that we will stand together to fight and win again. "We owe that to all those whom we seek to represent.”
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