LABOUR ‘GIVING UP THE GHOST’ IN SCOTLAND AS THEY TARGET JUST THREE SEATS!
Senior party insiders have revealed that Labour will concentrate its limited resources on seats it feels it has a realistic chance of winning back; many of those it lost to the SNP two years ago now have majorities of around 10,000 or more.
Consequently, Labour will focus its campaign on just three constituencies:
• Edinburgh South, where in 2015 Ian Murray was the only Labour survivor against the SNP landslide, which saw the party lose 40 of its 41 Westminster seats.
• East Renfrewshire, Jim Murphy’s old seat, where the SNP’s Kirsten Oswald has a majority of 3,718 and where the Labour candidate this week was announced as Blair MacDougall, the former Better Together chief, and
• East Lothian, where SNP MP George Kerevan has a majority of 6,083 over Labour.
One party insider explained:
“We know we’re facing an uphill battle in Scotland and there is no point in wasting resources, so we have to focus them on those seats where we have a realistic chance of winning.”
Patricia Gibson commented:
“It looks like Labour has really given up the ghost in Scotland. Even The Lib Dems are targeting more seats.
“As yet they appear not to have found a candidate to stand here in North Ayrshire & Arran. Nevertheless, we in the SNP are anything but complacent.
“We will fight to win every Scottish seat. We are confident but will campaign in earnest for Westminster only after Thursday’s the local authority elections.”
The latest UK wide YouGov poll, undertaken this week, shows Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party 16 points behind the Tories, while in Scotland they remain some 33 points behind the SNP".