New Glasgow Labour chief elected after returning councillor forces contest

The town’s Labour group has a brand new chief after returning councillor George Redmond gained a contest towards Malcolm Crafty.

Cllr Redmond, who was re-elected earlier this month after 5 years out of the city chambers, challenged the incumbent, Cllr Crafty, at a Glasgow Labour assembly right this moment. Members voted 24 to 11 in favour of a change of management and likewise backed Cllr Soryia Siddique for deputy, taking on from Cllr Eva Murray.

Cllr Siddique mentioned she is “delighted to be the primary feminine from a various background to be elected as deputy chief” of the Glasgow Labour group.

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Cllr Redmond, an ally of former Labour group chief Frank McAveety, beforehand held senior roles throughout 18 years on Glasgow Metropolis Council, together with as govt member for jobs, enterprise and funding.

Final week, he advised the Every day Report he would name a gathering of Glasgow’s enterprise neighborhood if elected as group chief.

“Glasgow is just not in place,” he mentioned. “Folks need the town cleaned up. One of many first issues I’d do is name a gathering of the enterprise neighborhood in regards to the metropolis centre.

“The state of the town centre is heartbreaking. Massive shops have pulled out. We are able to’t faux it’s not occurring.”

Glasgow Labour gained 5 seats within the council elections, rising their quantity to 36, however it did not beat the SNP, which took 37 seats and is in talks with the Greens over the formation of an administration for the following 5 years.

Cllr Crafty, who doesn’t plan to face for re-election in 2027, believed he was the person to maintain the SNP’s “toes to the hearth” over this time period. “It must be a Labour Celebration of the 2020s, not the dog-end of the final century and the start of this,” he mentioned.

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His deputy, Cllr Murray, may also get replaced, by Cllr Siddique, following the annual common assembly.

Cllr Siddique mentioned: “Glasgow Labour has made historical past, I’m delighted to be the primary feminine from a various background to be elected as deputy chief.

“The communities I characterize, and I, expertise inequality day by day. Glasgow gave me a lot and I imagine everybody ought to have comparable life probabilities. I’m delighted to be a part of a group of robust girls, bringing their distinctive lived expertise and information to enhance life probabilities.

“I do know what the challenges are from serving in Southside Central within the coronary heart of the First Minister’s constituency. My constituents have positioned their belief in me once more, I’ll put their issues on the centre of all I do.”

Information of the management change sparked criticism from opposition councillors on social media.

Cllr Malcolm Mitchell, an SNP consultant for Garscadden/Scotstounhill, tweeted Labour is “going backwards” whereas the SNP “proceed to take Glasgow ahead”.

Cllr Blair Anderson, who represents the Greens in Partick East and Kelvindale, mentioned: “Glasgow voted for a greater, totally different future for our metropolis, and Labour have voted to take us again to the Nineteen Nineties.”

And his Greens colleague, Cllr Leodhas Massie, for Newlands/Auldburn, added: “The voters handed Glasgow CC a mandate for change. No more of the identical or a reversion again to outdated habits. That mandate applies to ALL of us elected, not simply the outgoing administration.

“You can’t credibly say Labour are embracing that chance.”

A Glasgow SNP group spokesman mentioned: “Glasgow Labour’s selection of group chief is a matter for them. The SNP sit up for delivering a progressive and inclusive agenda for a twenty first century metropolis.”


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