Organisation of the Scottish Labour Party

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Organisation of the Scottish Labour Party

The Scottish Labour Party is a body established under the national rules of the Labour Party.

Scottish Executive Committee[edit]

The Scottish Executive Committee is the governing body of the Scottish Labour Party, responsible for administrative matters and strategic policy direction. The SEC officially meets every second month, with much of day to day party business and operations undertaken in groups and commissions.[1]

Sub-committees[edit]

  • Local Government Sub-Committee
  • Constitution Working Group
  • Fundraising Working Group
  • Campaigns Working Group

SEC Members[edit]

The SEC has three different sections – CLPs (members), Elected Members and Trade Unions & Affiliates.

Office Bearers

  • Jackson Cullinane – Chair of the Scottish Labour Party
  • Jamie Glackin – Vice Chair
  • Cathy Peattie – Treasurer

Elected Members

  • Johann Lamont – Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
  • Anas Sarwar – Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
  • Margaret Curran – Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
  • David Martin – European Parliamentary Labour Group
  • Mark Macmillan – COSLA Labour Group Leader & Leader of Renfrewshire Council
  • Rhondda Geekie – Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council
  • Rhoda Grant – Scottish Parliament Group Representative
  • Duncan McNeil – Scottish Parliament Group Representative
  • Fiona O'Donnell – UK Parliament Group Representative

CLP Section (Membership)

Trade Union Section

  • Jackson Cullinane – Unite
  • Cathy Peattie – CWU
  • Elizabeth-Anne Handibode – Unison
  • Richard Leonard – GMB
  • Dave Watson – Unison
  • Jacqueline Martin – USDAW
  • Kevin Lindsay – ASLEF
  • Harry Frew UCATT
  • Jenny DouglasUnite
  • Linda Miller GMB

Co-operative Party & Socialist Societies

  • Helen Stephen – Socialist Societies
  • Ian Miller – Co-op Party


Scottish Young Labour

  • Joe Fagan
  • Emma Meehan


Chairs of the Scottish Labour Party[edit]

  • 2013 Jackson Cullinane
  • 2011–12 Victoria Jamieson
  • 2010 Philomena Muggins
  • 2009 Claudia Beamish
  • 2008 Dave Watson
  • 2007 Stuart Clark
  • 2006 Karie Murphy
  • 2005 Sandra Macdonald
  • 2004 Pat Devine
  • 2003 Carol Wright
  • 2002 Carol Wright

Vice Chairs of the Scottish Labour Party

  • 2013 Jamie Glackin
  • 2011–12 Jackson Cullinane
  • 2010 Victoria Jamieson
  • 2009 Philomena Muggins
  • 2008 Claudia Beamish
  • 2007 Dave Watson
  • 2006 Stuart Clark
  • 2005 Karie Murphy
  • 2004 Sandra Macdonald
  • 2003 Pat Devine
  • 2002 Richard Leonard

Scottish Policy Forum[edit]

The Scottish Policy Forum (SPF) is a body of the Scottish Labour Party responsible for developing a rolling policy programme on devolved matters.[2]

The Scottish Annual Conference approves policies of the SPF programme every year with the Scottish Executive Committee (in conjunction with a committee from the Scottish Parliament Labour Group) deciding which items of the programme are to be incorporated in Labour's manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections.

The SPF policy-making process is led by the 80 members elected from all sections of the party. The SPF establishes policy commissions to draw together policy discussion documents for consultation over three stages.

The SPF is subordinate and feeds reports to the National Policy Forum.

General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party[edit]

The General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, subordinate to the General Secretary of the Labour Party, is the administrative head and the most senior permanent staff member of the Scottish Labour Party.

The General Secretary is responsible for running the party's organisation: legal affairs, staff management, campaigns, conferences, and liaising with the UK party.

The General Secretary also acts as the Registered Treasurer, responsible for the party's financial accounts.

General Secretaries[edit]

Jack McConnell[edit]

Main article: Jack McConnell

Left his General Secretary role in 1998 to work for 9 months at a lobbying firm Public Affairs Europe Ltd, which was a joint venture between Beattie Media and Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens.[13] In 1999, he entered Holyrood as Motherwell and Wishaw MSP. Became First Minister of Scotland in 2001. Elevated to House of Lords as Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale in 2010.[14]

Alex Rowley[edit]

Main article: Alex Rowley

General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party (1 May 1998 – 31 May 1999). Rowley was sacked as general secretary after setting out proposals for giving it more freedom from London control.[15] He went on to become a Fife councillor, Leader of the Council, and then MSP for Cowdenbeath.

Lesley Quinn[edit]

Lesley Quinn, joined the Labour Party as a 16-year old junior shorthand typist.[16][17] Assistant General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, became acting general secretary in June 1999 to co-ordinate the party's 1999 European election campaign.[18] November 1999, formally appointed as General Secretary of Scottish Labour Party. Quinn stood down at the 2008 Scottish Labour conference in Aviemore in March.

Colin Smyth[edit]

Colin Smyth. Dumfries and Galloway councillor (Nith Ward)[19]

Parliamentary Labour Group of MSPs[edit]

Leader's Office[edit]

Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Backbenchers[edit]

Staff[edit]

  • Press Office[20]
    • Media Monitoring Unit[21]
    • Rebuttal Unit
    • Regional press teams
  • Research Unit (policy and constitutional issues)
  • administrative support
  • Scottish Parliamentary Labour Support Unit (formerly SPLP Resource Unit)[22]

Director of Communications[edit]

The Director of Communications for the Scottish Labour Party

Paul McKinney[edit]

Paul McKinney was the Director of Communications for seven weeks (April 1998 to 21 May 1998), having been headhunted by Donald Dewar and Gordon Brown.[37] He ran the Labour party's Scottish press campaign in the 1992 UK general election; four years as an aide/researcher to Gordon Brown, worked with Pat McFadden and David Miliband; head of STV new production[38] Returned to STV. Left STV in 2004. Worked for Oxfam before joining Al Jazeera in 2006.

Lorraine Davidson[edit]

Lorraine Davidson became Director of Communications two weeks after Paul McKinney unexpectedly quit. Davidson was previously STV's Westminster correspondent until 1997 when she joined BBC's political unit. Her partner was then South Lanarkshire council leader Tom McCabe, who later became an MSP.[39]

Deputy Director of Communications[edit]

Scottish Election Campaign Staff, 1999[edit]

Secondments

Scottish Strategy Group[edit]

Labour's Scottish Strategy Group for the 1999 Scottish Parliament election:[42][43][44][45][46][47][48]

Other staff

  • Lesley Quinn, party's Assistant General Secretary
  • David Whitton, Special Adviser to Dewar for media
  • Pat McFadden, policy researcher to Dewar
  • John Rowan, Scottish Telephone Bank Organiser[49]
  • Hilary Perrin (tours)
  • Bridget Sweeny (visits)
  • lan Austin (Press)
  • Ed Miliband (rebuttal)
  • John Rafferty, Campaign Co-ordinator and finance (Dewar's chief of staff)
  • AnnMarie Whyte, office manager (Admin staff)
  • Kevin Reid, campaigner/media monitoring officer (former parliamentary researcher for Dr John Reid)
  • Suzanne Hilliard, campaigner/media monitoring[50] (assistant to John Reid and John Maxton)
  • Chris Winslow, campaigner (John Maxton's parliamentary researcher)
  • Willie Sullivan, Development Officer

Scottish Election Campaign, 2007[edit]

Scottish Parliament Elections[edit]

2011[52]

  • Leader: Iain Gray MSP
  • Spokesman: Simon Pia
  • Speechwriter: Michael Marra
  • Campaign co-ordinator: John Park MSP
  • Campaign strategist: Tom Greatrex MP
  • Press Officer: Kenny Young
  • General Secretary: Colin Smyth
  • Head of Communications: Rami Okasha
  • Head of Research: Sarah Metcalfe[53]
  • Diary secretary: Adele Black
  • Assistant and Election agent: Pat Gordon

Campaign Finance[edit]

Expenditure:

Donors[edit]

Former staff[edit]

Special Advisers to the Scottish Secretary[edit]

Donald Dewar (1997–1999):

Junior Ministers: McLeish, Wilson/Liddell[56]

Special Advisers to the First Minister[edit]

Donald Dewar (1999–2000):[57]

Timeline[edit]

Origins and evolution of the Scottish Labour Party

Structure[edit]

Party finance[edit]

Year Income Expenditure
2010 706,738 599,951
2009 387,722 307,925
2008 396,159 455,699
2007 1,029,358 940,851
2006 396,777 471,698
2005 523,523 437,219
2004 318,609 305,120
2003 858,547 920,233
2002 353,342 320,669

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External links[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Hassan, Gerry (2004) (ed.) The Scottish Labour Party. Edinburgh University Press.