Favorite Jim Murphy becomes the new Scottish Labour leader

December 13, 2014 11:14 AM

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Favorite Jim Murphy becomes the new Scottish Labour leader

LONDON (Reuters) - The opposition Labour party has elected former cabinet minister Jim Murphy as its new leader in Scotland, five months before a national election in which the party faces a tough battle to retain its Scottish seats to win power in Britain.

Murphy, who was the favorite to win, became well-known for his soap box brand of pro-union patriotism during September's referendum on independence, which Scottish nationalists lost.

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