Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy Defeated by SNP

8 May 2015

The SNP have gained the all-important seat of East Renfrewshire - the one held by Jim Murphy since its re-formation in 2005.


Murphy, who served as a Europe Minister and Scottish Secretary in Gordon Brown’s government, has become the latest casualty in an SNP ‘landslide’.


After spells in Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet as Shadow Scotland, Defence and International Development Secretaries, the 47 year old became leader of Scottish Labour in December 2014.


Tonight, he was defeated by the SNP’s Kristen Oswald, with a majority of 14%.


The results in full are:


Graeme Cowie (Liberal Democrats) -1,069


Robert Malyn (UKIP) - 888


David Montgomery (Conservative) -12,465


Jim Murphy (Labour) - 19.295


Kristen Oswald (SNP) - 23,013


This result supports the BBC/ITV/Sky News exit poll by Ipsos MORI which has forecast the SNP to win 58 seats, with Ed Miliband’s party on 239.


This will be something of an embarrassment for Labour’s leader north of the border, who had a typically comfortable majority of 20.4% in 2010.


In a night which may cast major doubt over Ed Miliband’s future at the top of the party, Murphy’s future as leader in Scotland will also be under major scrutiny as the dust settles on a poor election - both personally and for the party.


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