Wednesday 22 November 2017

Arthur Spring says he is 'considering' running for Labour leader

Arthur Spring,Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West
Arthur Spring,Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West

One of the eight Labour party members who supported a motion of ‘no confidence’ in Eamon Gilmore is considering running for the leadership role.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme, the Kerry North Limerick West TD Arthur Spring confirmed he has the support of Labour colleagues to propose and second him for the positions of leader and deputy leader.

Spring, who is the nephew of former party leader and Tanaiste Dick Spring, told the programme he has three things to consider before putting himself in the running.

All nominations for leadership have to be submitted by next Tuesday.

“I am considering putting my name forward for both positions at the moment – I have parliamentary party colleagues who are willing to both propose and second me for both positions,” he said.

“I am going to do three things – first of all I’m going to assess whether or not I have sufficient support.

“I do believe there should be a contest.

“Second thing is I’m going to do a lot of soul-searching to see what I can bring to the table.

“And the third thing I’m going to do is try and devise a plan for the re-engagement of the Labour party.

“I’m convinced you need a mix of experience, energy, youth and you also need to have a strategy for the party going forward – it can’t be just the immediate.”

Arthur Spring also confirmed that the “group of eight” who moved motion of ‘no confidence’ against Eamon Gilmore, have no plans to act together in relation to the Labour leadership contest.

Talking about the Labour parliamentary party meeting last night, Mr Spring described it as a “passionate and professional encounter”.

“I think we all left the room united.

“I’m of the view that we need to have a leadership contest in going forward.

“And there’s no doubt about it – we’re in the critical room of the hospital at the moment.

“We need to take our medicine, we need to do our exercises.

“We need to get back on the pitch, we need to get back to winning ways again.

“If it means taking a couple of lumps from the opposition along the way, then so be it.”


Irish Independent

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