Jess Phillips backs Scottish Labour MP in bid to become deputy leader
- Credit: PA Archive/PA Images
Jess Phillips has endorsed Ian Murray as he bids to become Labour's new deputy leader.
Phillips, who yesterday ended her own campaign to become Labour leader, said Murray had put forward a "positive vision" for the party.
The Edinburgh South MP is up against Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner, Richard Burgon and Rosena Allin-Khan in the deputy leadership race.
Phillips said: "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.
You may also want to watch:
"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.
- 1 Nigel Farage loses nearly 50,000 followers after Twitter suspends QAnon accounts
- 2 Progressive alliance could see Labour win 351 seats at next election, new analysis reveals
- 3 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
- 4 What Auf Wiedersehen, Pet teaches us about Britain and Europe
- 5 Fifteen ways to fix Britain
- 6 Michel Barnier tells UK to be 'very careful' in Brexit diplomatic status row
- 7 The rocky road to Rejoin
- 8 ‘Don’t haste ye back’ - Nicola Sturgeon's perfect farewell message to Donald Trump
- 9 Michel Barnier tells Britain Brexit red tape is here 'for good'
- 10 Holyrood in talks with EU to extend Erasmus scheme to Scottish students
"All his life he has fought and won against the odds and we need him at the top of our party."
Welcoming the endorsement, Murray said: "Jess has been a great friend and close confidante and I'm honoured to have her support.
"Even though she is no longer standing for leader, she will have a pivotal role in shaping our party's future.
"She knows how to reconnect with voters who have left us and we need to draw on her talents to make Labour an election-winning force once again."
He added: "My message is simple - if you are happy and satisfied with the current position of the Labour Party then don't vote for me.
"I want us to change so we can win again."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.