THE newly elected leader of Scottish Labour has also been named as leader of the Scottish Conservatives.
Tory chairman Grant Shapps, who appointed Jim Murphy, said that both jobs can easily be done by one man to save everyone money: “We’ve only got two or three Tory MPs up there, as far as I can recall, and they’re in until May at best so it’s not worth having our own man.
“It’ll be no trouble for Jim to pop across party lines and make sure they’re not getting into any trouble. If anything it’ll give him something to do.”
Murphy said: “It’s not that I mind doing it but they could have asked first.
“I suppose one more MP to feed, house and make sure they do their dirty business nowhere near the newspapers isn’t going to make much difference.
“At least this one’s pedigree. Some of mine bite.”