Sunday, 14 September 2008

Scottish Labour goes Gray

I see that the Scottish Labour Party has a new leader, Iain Gray. From a Lib Dem point of view, I'm quite happy about this, as I think both Andy Kerr and Cathy Jamieson would have been more formidable opponents and more likely to provide the new thinking which Labour in Scotland desperately needs.

Gray is to be congratulated on his victory, but he faces one of the toughest jobs in Scottish politics - taking on Alex Salmond and attempting to make Labour a credible party of government again, following the Wendy Alexander debacle.

As an aside, Gray extends the influence of Inverness on Scottish politics. Although born in Edinburgh, he was educated at Inverness Royal Academy. He follows on from Charles Kennedy and Tavish Scott, both of whom were born in Inverness, in becoming leader of a political party. Can anyone think of a similar sized town which has produced such a succession of political leaders in such a short space of time?

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