Keir Starmer: Labour needs to win back Scottish seats

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said his party needs to win a considerable number of seats in Scotland at the next general election to be a legitimate UK government.

Sir Keir told the BBC he wanted a “strong showing” in Scotland to be part of a Labour election win.

Labour sources believe the party can win more than 20 seats in Scotland, where the SNP has dominated since 2015.

Senior SNP figures said they were taking Labour’s challenge seriously.

Sir Keir was speaking to Leading Scotland Where?, a BBC Radio 4 programme on the future of Scottish politics following the resignation of First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Sturgeon, who was Scotland’s longest-serving first minister, announced in February she was stepping down after more than eight years in the job.

She was succeeded by Humza Yousaf, who narrowly defeated rival Kate Forbes in an SNP leadership contest that exposed deep divisions within the party.

Ms Sturgeon’s husband, Peter Murrell, resigned midway…

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