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Jack McConnell, Scotland's former first minister, has backed David Miliband to be the next labour of the Labour Party.
I owe a lot to Jack McConnell. If I hadn't been sacked by him (in the week before Christmas my family bitterly noted), I wouldn't have become a journalist and probably wouldn't have worked for Tony Blair at No 10. Readers who are less enamoured of New Labour than I am may now be reflecting that this could be Jack's greatest single act of lasting political damage, but for me it's a way of reflecting on the banal, though true, aphorism, that when one door closes another
Whatever his achievements as a politician, Lord McConnell will go down as the Labour leader who ended his party's dominance of Scottish politics.
History will view Lord McConnell's decision to make Scotland the first place in the UK to implement a public smoking ban as his most far- reaching achievement.
THE former First Minister Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale last night announced he is to quit frontline politics and will not stand for Holyrood at next year's Scottish Parliamentary elections.
A DECADE ago as a minister, Jack McConnell declared that he wanted to open up Scotland's "elitist" quangos to ordinary people rather than the great and the good.
THE former First Minister Jack McConnell has gone back to his Arran roots for his new role in the House of Lords.
Former First Minister Jack McConnell reveals the secrets of a strong, stable pact
FORMER first minister Jack McConnell has denied reports he is set to launch a bid for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party, after it was confirmed he is to stand for election to Holyrood again in 2011.
THE single thing that has sustained and inspired me throughout 25 years in politics is the energy and enthusiasm of young Scots – for their communities, their country and their future.
THERE are millions of innocent victims of this recession. Here at home, thousands of Scots are facing the prospect of unemployment, most for the first time in their lives. Families are losing their homes, pensioners can only watch with trepidation as their savings dwindle, and small companies, the backbone of any economy, are struggling to survive as orders dry up and credit remains tight.
GORDON Brown is still hopeful Jack McConnell will not take up his post as High Commissioner to Malawi.
JACK McConnell has blamed the war in Iraq and turmoil in Westminster for his election defeat in May's Scottish elections, claiming that matters "were outwith my control" ahead of the poll.
THE long bungalow that will become Jack McConnell's new home sits behind high walls and armed guards in the best part of Lilongwe.
JACK McCONNELL today quit as Scottish Labour leader to take up his "dream job" of fighting poverty in Africa with Bill Clinton and Sir Tom Hunter.
JACK McConnell is facing an ultimatum to announce his resignation this month or face an immediate challenge to his authority from backbench MSPs.
JACK McConnell has spent much of this week in his beloved Arran, working on his golf handicap. The former first minister has applied himself to achieving more accuracy in his drive, a smoother swing and greater putting precision.
JACK McConnell is set to stand down as Labour's Holyrood leader within the next four weeks, with Wendy Alexander emerging last night as the front-runner to succeed him.