Boris Johnson – Scottish Labour management contest: Anas Sarwar and Monica Lennon’s indy views
MONICA Lennon has thrown her hat into the ring to grow to be Scottish Labour’s subsequent chief.
She’s going to face off towards Anas Sarwar to succeed Richard Leonard, with the occasion in search of its fifth chief because the 2014 independence referendum.
Scottish Labour’s government has agreed a condensed timescale for the management contest, with a winner anticipated to be introduced by the top of February.
With the occasion languishing within the polls forward of May’s Holyrood election, Labour’s constitutional stance has as soon as once more been referred to as into query.
That is what the management contenders have needed to say about Scottish independence and a second referendum.
The Glasgow MSP, thought-about the frontrunner within the contest, is a hardline Unionist and needs to dam a second referendum for no less than 5 years.
Talking as Scottish Labour’s shadow structure secretary in November, he mentioned the occasion will go into the 2021 election “clearly” rejecting a referendum in the course of the pandemic.
“You’ve got to recognise that, ultimately, it’s for the people of Scotland to decide their own future,” he mentioned. “That’s a fundamental principle, a democratic principle, one that I support, and one that I hope every political party and every politician would support.”
Sarwar added: “However concurrently that, we’ve acquired to recognise that we’re not going again to the previous arguments of 2014. We’re going via a pandemic that has modified the world, and has modified Scotland, and our focus for the following 4 or 5 years needs to be coming via this pandemic, rebuilding our financial system, getting folks again into work, fixing our schooling system that has sadly damaged beneath this Authorities, and rebuilding our nationwide well being service.
“That has got to be the priority for the next four or five years.”
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Requested if Labour will oppose a brand new vote for the whole thing of the following parliamentary time period, he mentioned “yes”.
Sarwar reaffirmed his opposition to indyref2 as he introduced his candidacy in an article for the Observer.
“We must rebuild Scottish Labour because our opponents – the SNP and Tories – want to take our country back to the divisive politics of old,” he wrote. “I firmly believe we cannot go back to society as it was before the pandemic – insecure work, hollowed out public services, an underfunded health service and the constant focus on another independence referendum when there are far more important things we need to be dealing with.”
The Central Scotland MSP was among the many senior Labour figures to interrupt with occasion coverage on a second referendum after Labour’s disastrous 2019 General Election.
Though she stays anti-independence, she is in favour of indyref2.
Talking to the Each day File within the aftermath of the General Election, she mentioned: “Folks in Scotland have voted in very massive numbers for the SNP, together with many Labour voter.
“As anticipated, Nicola Sturgeon is presenting that as an endorsement of her occasion and can now ask the UK Authorities to allow a second referendum on independence.
“If Boris Johnson isn’t prepared to grant this request, he should allow the Scottish Parliament to decide.”
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Nevertheless, the MSP added: “The SNP blueprint for independence is flawed and will disappoint many progressive Scots who are fed up with austerity. Nevertheless, the future of Scotland must be decided by the people of Scotland.”
The Central Scotland MSP expanded on her help for indyref2 throughout an look on BBC Scotland’s Debate Night time a month later.
SNP depute chief Keith Brown mentioned he was “very pleased to welcome” Lennon’s help for the precept that Scots ought to be given the chance to determine their very own future.
Sarwar and Lennon require the help of no less than 4 of the occasion’s MSPs or its sole Scottish MP to be formally nominated.
Members and affiliated supporters will be capable to forged their votes from February 9 till ballots shut on February 26. The brand new chief will then be introduced the next day.