Sunday 9 November 2014

Revealed: just how many members does Labour really have in Scotland?

THE scale of the challenge facing Scottish Labour can be revealed after it emerged the party has one-sixth of the membership of the SNP.

Peter A Bell's insight:

This secretiveness from British Labour in Scotland is simply not acceptable.Not only do we have no clear idea how many members they have, there is great uncertainty about what actually constitutes membership; who is entitled to vote; and the basis of that entitlement.

Bearing in mind that this impacts the process by which a potential First Minister of Scotland might be appointed, that process must be open and democratic. It is symptomatic of British Labour in Scotland’s arrogance that they assume they can just make it up to suit themselves.

Perhaps it is time we had legislation to set out clear rules for political parties.

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