The leader of Scottish Labour on the challenges facing her party—and Scotlandby Alex Dean / November 2, 2016 / Leave a comment
Read a recent interview with Michael Heseltine here
“Progress is about finding consensus. It’s about the grey area, and the more you polarise people and push them into the corners the less you can expect change.”
In an exclusive interview with Prospect Kezia Dugdale, 35-year-old leader of the Scottish Labour Party and MSP for Lothian, spoke about how Labour can come together again after its bitter leadership contest—and win elections. While it’s on all parts of the Labour Party to heal divisions, Jeremy Corbyn making concessions is “a big part of the picture,” Dugdale said. “It would go a long way for him to be seen making some compromises around how he operates as a leader.” Stern words from such a senior Labour figure will inflict yet more damage on her widely-panned leader.
When I suggested that, in the wake of the “Leave” vote, Labour faces an impossible task in uniting metropolitan liberalism with old-fashioned Labourism, Dugdale said: “Tony Blair did it in 1997—it’s about having a vision which reaches the broadest number of people as possible.” The comment is highly controversial, given that Blair’s legacy is responsible for her Party being split down the middle.