Johann Lamont’s grip on her party was today described as ‘crumbling’ as it is reported that Labour’s Scottish Executive Committee was by-passed by party bosses in London dealing with the internal party warfare surrounding the selection of a candidate for the Falkirk Westminster seat. The party in Scotland are described as ‘virtual bystanders’ while the leadership in Westminster takes control, with a party source reportedly making clear that “London is now back in charge”.
This revelation comes as it is also reported that Ken Macintosh paid the price in Friday’s reshuffle for giving voice to the considerable disquiet that Johann Lamont’s infamous ‘something for nothing speech’ and her Cuts Commission caused.
Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:
“So much for an autonomous Scottish Labour party. It suggests that there is a real lack of faith in Labour’s Scottish Executive if they have been by-passed by party bosses in Westminster.
“Johann Lamont claimed that she was leader of all parts of the Labour party in Scotland, but this would suggest that her leadership is tenuous at best if Westminster is still calling the shots.
“And on her reshuffle and the sacking of Ken MacIntosh Johann Lamont’s now infamous ‘something for nothing speech’ continues to haunt her.
“By adopting Tory mantras and trying to abandon the progress that has been achieved with devolution, she has sown division within the ranks of her own party.
“The continuing fallout from this reshuffle shows that there is major internal disquiet with her leadership which has no doubt been exacerbated by disappointment about her failure to make progress in opinion polls or in the recent Donside by-election.
“With her grip on her party crumbling and open disagreements over the direction she is going in, the questions will only increase about Johann Lamont’s leadership over the Summer.”
Notes: The reports in today’s Sunday Herald can be viewed at http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political-news/macintosh-dropped-after-lamont-criticism.21480737 and http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political-news/london-keeps-damning-report-from-lamont.21443589