Labour MP Ian Murray, 43, brings his MUM to the launch of his campaign to become deputy leader

Mail Online | 1/16/2020 | David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline
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Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray posed alongside his mum today as he kicked off his campaign to become the party's new deputy leader.

The Edinburgh South MP embraced Lena Lavery as he unveiled his attempt to take the post despite trailing miles behind favorite Angela Rayner.

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The 43-year-old, Labour's only remaining MP in Scotland, came second in the ballot of party MPs behind the Ashton-under-Lyme MP.

But a poll of party members last night showed she would win convincingly after just one round of voting, with 60 per cent of ballots.

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He kicked off his campaign at Wester Hailes Education Centre saying the party must listen to the public or become 'a diminishing, perpetual opposition'.

In a swipe at the leadership team who led Labour to a crushing election defeat last month, Mr Murray warned 'the architects of our past can't be the architects of our future', so the views and criticisms from voters must be listened to.

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Reflecting on the 2019 election, Mr Murray said he was 'embarrassed' by Labour's campaign and performance, which saw the party lose swathes of its traditional supporters.

He said: 'People were in tears, telling us on the doorsteps that - for the first time in their lives - they could not vote Labour. I do not want to feel like that again.'

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Mr Murray, who was a vocal critic of departing leader Jeremy Corbyn, said Labour members have to make a choice at the leadership election between 'a credible alternative government, or we can choose to be a diminishing, perpetual opposition'.

He added: 'That's not my analysis, that's the analysis of the public.

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'The architects of the past - if they don't listen, and they don't respond to what the public are telling this Labour movement - they can't be the architects of the future of this party.'

Mr Murray was scathing about Labour...
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