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The Strange Death of Labour Scotland

Gerry Hassan, Eric Shaw

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Analyses the rise and fall of Labour in Scotland and asks: is Labour's decline irreversible?

After being the leading party in Scotland for 50 years, Labour was shocked to lose an election and office to the SNP in the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections, and thunderstruck when the SNP won a majority government in the same elections in 2011. This book analyses the last 30 years of Scottish Labour, from the arrival of Thatcherism in 1979 right up to the results of the 2010 Westminster elections and 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

Key Features

  • Draws on extensive research including archival sources
  • Includes interviews with some of the key participants in Scottish Labour


1. Introduction: The Strange Death of Labour Scotland
2. Was There A 'Labour Scotland'?
3. The Distinctiveness of Scottish Labour?
4. The Challenge of Thatcherism
5. The Internal Politics of Scottish Labour and the Emergence of New Labour
6. Labour and the Establishment of the Scottish Parliament
7. Scottish Labour: The Party on the Ground
8. Labour and the Scottish Electorate
9. The Shock of the New: The SNP Wins Office
10. Conclusion: The Paradoxes of Scottish Labour and its Future.

About the Author

Gerry Hassan is an author and commentator whose books include Caledonian Dreaming, Independence of the Scottish Mind and Spirit of Independence.

Eric Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Stirling. He is author of Losing Labour's Soul (Routledge, 2007) and Discipline and Discord in the Labour Party (Manchester University Press, 1988).