James Francis 'Jim' Murphy (born August 23, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a British politician. He was the leader of the Scottish Labour Party. He was the Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of East Renfrewshire.
He was first made a Member of Parliament at the 1997 General Election for the Eastwood constituency. He has been the East Renfrewshire MP from 2005 onwards. He held two cabinet posts: Minister of State for Europe (June 2007-October 2008) and Secretary of State for Scotland (October 2008-May 2010). He was made the shadow Secretary of State for Defence in October 2010. He became the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development in 2013. He resigned from this job in November 2014 because he wanted to be the leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
On 13 December 2014 he became the leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Because he was an MP in the UK Parliament, the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party represented him in the Scottish Parliament. The deputy leader was Kezia Dugdale.
After the Scottish Labour Party's defeat in the 2015 general election (with Murphy himself losing his seat), Murphy resigned as party leader. 
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP". www.parliament.co.uk. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- ↑ "Jim Murphy quits shadow cabinet". BBC News. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- ↑ "MP Jim Murphy named Scottish Labour leader". BBC News. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- ↑ "Scottish Labour agree to swathe of party reforms – and new leader will be announced on August 15th". LabourList. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Jim Murphy's website Archived 2014-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Page at parliament.co.uk