Will an Electoral Disaster in Scotland Deny Ed a Labour Majority in 2015? as Labour Faces Up to Major Party Woes in Scotland, the Issues Could Have a Key Bearing on the Outcome of Next Year's General Election. Political Editor David Williamson Reports

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Will an Electoral Disaster in Scotland Deny Ed a Labour Majority in 2015? as Labour Faces Up to Major Party Woes in Scotland, the Issues Could Have a Key Bearing on the Outcome of Next Year's General Election. Political Editor David Williamson Reports


ELECTORAL annihilation for Labour in Scotland could deny Ed Miliband the keys to Downing Street and creates challenges for the party in Wales, experts have warned.

A shock Ipsos Mori poll suggests Labour - which won 41 Scottish seats in 2010 - could be left with just four MPs from the nation in May's Westminster election.

The SNP are on course to take 54 seats, with the Liberal Democrats winning just one and the Conservatives losing their sole MP.

Swansea-based cultural historian Peter Stead said the "national basis" of the Labour party is now "seriously threatened".

He said: "It is one of the great watersheds, I think, in British politics and it does of course quite seriously threaten the ability of the Labour party to win a UK general election."

Prof Stead did not think that Ed Miliband could win support across the UK, saying: "I think Labour need a far more national figure, a person with a much wider perspective... he's had his chance and he's blown it, I think."

However, he argued that First Minister Carwyn Jones was capable of repeating the success of former SNP leader Alex Salmond and expanding Labour's appeal in Wales.

He said: "The Labour party in Wales has got to do what the nationalist party did in Scotland... Carwyn has got to do a kind of Salmond and become a national figure, somebody capable of appealing to the professional middle classes and the North Walians as much as to the traditional heartland in the south.

"I see all the signs that Carwyn is able to do that."

A further YouGov poll put the SNP on 43%, which would give them 47 seats, with Labour on 27%, which would slash their Scottish seats by a quarter to 10.

Former Labour foreign minister and Pontypridd MP Kim Howells underscored the importance of Scotland's Labour MPs to the UK party's chance of victory in May.

He said: "I think there's no question that the election of close to at least as many Labour MPs from Scotland as there has been is just about the only guarantee that Ed Miliband will enjoy a majority in the House of Commons. I can't see how he can get a majority otherwise."

However, he cautioned against drawing comparisons between Wales and Scotland, saying: "They are such different places, Scotland and Wales... It's just about as different as it possibly could be."

Former Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy is now in the running to lead Labour in Scotland.

The leadership candidate today said Scottish Labour should "apologise" for not listening to voters after electoral defeat.

The former Scottish Secretary and the current Shadow International Development Secretary has emerged as the early favourite for the job Johann Lamont suddenly left last week but he faces competition from MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack.

There are currently no candidates for the post of deputy leader, a vacancy which emerged after Anas Sarwar announced his resignation from the position at Scottish Labour's gala dinner in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Nominations opened for the posts of leader and deputy leader north of the border yesterday and Mr Murphy will formally launch his campaign in Edinburgh today.

He believes the party failed to listen to voters who rejected it in the 2007 and 2011 Holyrood elections, and wants to lead change.

Mr Murphy said: "Scotland is my country. The country I want to lead. But if Labour wants to win we must first change ourselves. …

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