Articles by Sheila Gilmore
Sheila Gilmore is the former member of parliament for Edinburgh East

Where next for Scottish Labour?

Sheila Gilmore  |  13 June 2017

Kezia Dugdale’s determination has dragged Scottish Labour from the brink of collapse to relevance again, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore As the news filtered through to our count some of us hardly believed what we were hearing. Not the exit poll, but the fact that Labour was winning Scottish seats – in the …

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Is the tide turning in Scotland?

Sheila Gilmore  |  26 May 2017

For ten years, the Scottish National party has batted away criticism as ‘talking down Scotland’ – that does not seem to work anymore, argues Sheila Gilmore In last Sunday night’s Scottish leaders’ debate several audience questions pushed Nicola Sturgeon hard on the performance of her government, especially on health and education. Performing on the United Kingdom stage, …

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Irrelevance has a human cost

Sheila Gilmore  |  28 March 2017

Only by convincing the electorate that Labour is a credible alternative government can we tackle the inequities of Britain’s social security system, argues Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore I have a confession to make. I have not seen ‘ I, Daniel Blake’. I am sure it is a powerful film, but I do not need to be convinced. …

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Labour members must muck in

Sheila Gilmore  |  22 March 2017

Labour’s ‘mass membership’ must be more than a shield for Jeremy Corbyn to hide behind when criticised, writes Progress strategy board member Sheila Gilmore Dissension in the Labour party is often portrayed as ‘members v the parliamentary Labour party’. However ‘the members’ are by no means all of one view. There is a real and …

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The perils of a shared language

Sheila Gilmore  |  11 November 2016

Donald Trump rails against the ‘establishment’. On the Today programme on 10 November so too did Yanis Varoufakis. The specific debate was on international trade agreements. ‘Took your jobs away’ cries Trump. In Europe a huge campaign of the Left has been against agreements such as CETA and TTIP. For Varoufakis the worst evil of trade agreements …

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Practical compassion

Sheila Gilmore  |  28 October 2016

On ‘welfare ‘ Labour is struggling to find the right policy and language. In the last parliament we spent a lot of time attacking the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government’s policies, through debates on the welfare reform bill, opposition led debates, and at prime minister’s questions. There was no lack of anger and passion. The Tories …

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The politics of grievance

Sheila Gilmore  |  17 October 2016

Hospital waiting lists up, college places cut, social care under strain, police cars held together by duct tape. Just a few stories in the Scottish media recently. And what has the reaction of the Scottish government been? A classic deflection tactic – let’s talk about a second independence referendum. Despite the whoops of joy at …

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Scotland deserves better

Sheila Gilmore  |  10 May 2016

In the 2015 general election in Scotland we were lambasted as ‘red Tories’. It’s a bitter irony, then, to be beaten by the real ‘blue Tories’, who, it had been alleged were toxic and ‘dead’ in Scotland. First though there is some good news to help point the way forward. The Scottish National party bandwagon …

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A more honest prospectus from politicians

Sheila Gilmore  |  5 February 2016

Dialogue on a doorstep this week: Man: ‘I’ve given up on Labour. I’m Scottish now – SNP all the way.’ Me: ‘Is there anything specific putting you off Labour?’ Man: ‘Everything! Now you’ve let us down again.’ If drawing a pen picture of a ‘core Labour voter’ this man would be it. Late 60s, retired …

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High aspirations for housing

Sheila Gilmore  |  21 January 2016

Jeremy Corbyn was right to attack David Cameron on his barely thought through housing announcement. Cameron was right to say that many high rise estates need to be replaced, but we need to challenge the prime minister on his throwaway comment that these estates were built by the post war Labour government before this too …

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