Tuesday, 05 February 2019 00:35

LABOUR “ON PATH TO TERMINAL DECLINE” IN SCOTLAND AS MEMBERSHIP PLUMMETS BY 20% IN ONE YEAR

LEAKED FIGURES REVEAL LABOUR LOST 5,000 MEMBERS AMID BREXIT SUPPORT

The SNP has called on Labour to ditch its toxic support for Brexit, and get behind efforts to protect Scotland’s membership of the EU, or face terminal decline - after it emerged that Labour Party membership in Scotland is in free fall.

Leaked figures today have revealed that Labour membership in Scotland has plummeted by around 20 per cent in just one year, with almost 5,000 members leaving the party between January 2018 and January 2019.

The reports in The Herald on Sunday suggest Labour support for Tory plans to drag Scotland out of the EU against its will, which has kept the party firmly on the sidelines in Scottish politics, has contributed towards the mass exodus - with a reduction across all 73 Scottish CLPs.

Commenting Kirsty Blackman MP, SNP Deputy Westminster Leader, said:

“Labour is on the path to terminal decline and total irrelevance in Scotland. No one will be surprised that their toxic support for Tory plans to drag Scotland out of the EU against our will has led to a mass exodus of party members right across the country.

“Brexit could hit Scottish GDP by up to 9%, putting 80,000 jobs on the line and costing our economy £12.7billion a year - the equivalent of £2,300 lost for every single person in Scotland.

“If Labour continues to facilitate Brexit they will be just as culpable as the Tories for the devastating impact on Scottish jobs and living standards. They will never be forgiven for the lasting harm Brexit will inflict on Scottish people’s livelihoods, our economy and public services.

“Labour members are clearly just as fed up as voters are with the party, which continues to side with the Tories and carp from the sidelines of Scottish politics, with no credibility.

“Instead of backing the Tories again, Labour should get behind SNP efforts to protect Scotland’s membership of the EU, including by supporting a People’s Vote and respecting the Scottish Government’s democratic mandate to hold an independence referendum.”

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17405325.blow-for-richard-leonard-as-leak-reveals-5000-labour-membership-slump-across-scotland/

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