Scotland’s most influential SNP MPs – who are leaving the party
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A former SNP minister who was Scotland’s Most Influential Member (MIM) and the only one from the country’s nationalist party to have been elected as MP has left the party and is now a member of Labour.
Jim Allister has said he has decided to become a Labour MP after the party lost a seat in the Scottish Parliament and the SNP’s Westminster leader, Nicola Sturgeon, lost a by-election in the city of Dumfries and Galloway.
Mr Allister was the deputy leader of the SNP in the Holyrood Parliament, and was one of the key figures behind the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014.
He was one the SNP members of the Scottish parliament who voted against the constitutional amendment allowing Scotland to leave the UK.
“It’s time to move on,” Mr Allison said.
“This was a hugely significant election.
“I feel a lot more confident in my ability to be a constructive member of the Labour Party.””
The party’s leadership has been completely dominated by Ms Sturgeon and I think she will never be a member.””
I feel a lot more confident in my ability to be a constructive member of the Labour Party.”
The party’s leadership has been completely dominated by Ms Sturgeon and I think she will never be a member.
“I’ve never felt more at home in the Labour party and I feel more secure in the party than I have in years.”
“I have not been part of this organisation since 2014 and I’m not going to be.”
We need to do what’s right for Scotland, but also we need to change.
“Jim Allister, left, and former SNP deputy leader Jim Allison were among SNP MPs to lose a seat at the Scottish election.
Photo: Getty Images Former SNP MIM Jim Alliston left the SNP for the Labour leadership last year.
Photo by David Murray/PA:Press Association Scotland’s new Scottish leader, Kezia Dugdale, was not in the MIMs leadership and she will not join the Labour group in the Westminster parliament, and will instead be working with Labour MPs in the new Scottish Parliament.
The former deputy leader was a member for many years of the Mims party before joining Labour last year and has also become the shadow Scottish Secretary for Transport.
Ms Dugdale said she was “deeply saddened” to see Mr Allisters departure from the SNP, and added that she was confident that Ms Dugden will join the party as soon as possible.”
It’s sad that Jim Allers departure has come as a shock, but it is a decision that I have made as the SNP party leader,” she said.”
Jim was a powerful voice for the party for many decades.
“He had an outstanding record in Westminster and he has always had a good sense of humour and a keen understanding of the complexities of the job.”
He will be missed in the SNP and will be greatly missed by many in the wider Scottish political community.
“Former deputy SNP Mims leader Jim Allison has left Scotland’s MIM for Labour.
Photo courtesy of Jim Allison.
Jim Allison, left and former deputy SNP leader Jim Alcock, left.
Photo via BBC News Scotland.
Former Labour MP Jim Allinson left the Scottish party last year after he criticised Ms Sturgeon’s leadership style.
Photo taken by Jim Allison/PA.
The Scottish Labour leader and former MIM, Keza Dugdale has confirmed that she will be joining Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary.
Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary Keziya Dugdale and former Labour MIM former Mims M. Jim Allison were the only MIM MPs to vote against the Constitutional Amendment allowing Scotland from leaving the UK last year at the Holyrod and Strathkelvin by-elections.
Ms Sturgeon was elected leader of Scotland’s SNP party last November.
Ms Dugdale will be in the Shadow Scottish Government for Labour’s Scottish National Party (SNP) and will represent the party in Westminster.
Mr Allister’s announcement has come after Ms Dugda announced her resignation from the party, citing the need to concentrate on the “deeper things”.”
We’re all in this together and we have been working hard to make sure we’ve made progress in getting the SNP back in control of the UK,” she told BBC Radio Scotland.”
And we have got to do that with the best possible support from Labour and the best support from the Scottish National party.
“Ms Allison said: “Jim Alliouldn’t have been a member if he wasn’t so passionate about making sure we got this country back on its feet and getting Scotland back to its place.
“The party will also be “working very closely” with the SNP “to ensure that this country and Scotland gets back on track”.
Labour leader Kezias Dugdale is set to be in Westminster for the first time since becoming leader.
Photo and caption by Paul Miller.
This story originally appeared on The Conversation.
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