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Title: The Road to Victory Runs Through Scotland? Prospects for Labour in the Post‐Sturgeon Era
Author(s): Brown Swan, Coree
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Keywords: Labour
general election
Scottish National Party
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2023
Date Deposited: 21-Nov-2023
Citation: Brown Swan C (2023) The Road to Victory Runs Through Scotland? Prospects for Labour in the Post‐Sturgeon Era. <i>The Political Quarterly</i>.
Abstract: Scottish Labour, once viewed as the most divided party in the UK, appears buoyant, the result of the growing popularity of its leader, Anas Sarwar, a more positive relationship with UK Labour, and most notably, significant gains in the polls. The party has sought to find a centre ground in a political system defined by opposing visions of Scotland's political future, a strategy which has previously left it squeezed between more assertive nationalist and unionist rivals. However, with little prospect of another independence referendum in the near term, this centre ground may yet prove fruitful. The party has an opportunity to position itself as a viable alternative in a dramatically changed political landscape. While Labour's optimism is not unfounded, its polling perhaps speaks more to the weaknesses of its political rivals than the strength of the party itself; and questions persist about Scottish Labour's political vision and constitutional offering in a political system which remains bifurcated.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-923x.13336
Rights: © 2023 The Authors. The Political Quarterly published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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