Two months ago, Scotland voted (55%-45%) to remain in the union. Scottish and British politics have changed forever.
Jim Murphy might be the candidate with experience, as well as the bookies’ favourite, but it is Neil Findlay who has an advantage.
Jim Murphy has taken a commanding lead in the contest to become Scottish Labour leader after winning the backing of a large majority of the party’s MPs, MSPs and MEPs in Scotland.
Alistair Darling, Labour’s former chancellor, has revealed he will step down as an MP at the next election, warning that the issue of an EU referendum is a “boil that has to be lanced”.
Jim Murphy is facing an uphill struggle to win potentially crucial leftwing support for his campaign to become Labour’s leader in Scotland after the country’s two biggest unions refused to back his candidacy.
Ed Miliband has admitted that his party must “fight for every hour and every day” to hold on to its Scottish MPs after a shock poll predicted Labour could be wiped out by the Scottish National party next year.
As Jim Murphy enters the race, the Scottish Labour leadership election highlights a fundamental lack of democracy in the party.
Following Johann Lamont’s resignation as leader of Scottish Labour, one man not talked about could be right for the job - Alistair Darling
Scottish Labour activists might well ask why it has all gone so wrong.