Ed Miliband says Scotland 'can set its own direction'

Ed Miliband
Image caption Ed Miliband said Scottish Labour should set its own direction

Labour's new leader has admitted that his predecessors may have interfered too much in the workings of the party in Scotland.

Ed Miliband told BBC Radio Scotland that things would be different under his leadership.

He said Scottish leader Iain Gray needed to set the direction for Scottish Labour ahead of Scottish Parliament elections in May next year.

Mr Miliband said he would work with him - but would not interfere.

"I think it's not so much a question of not meddling," he said.

"I do think that Iain Gray needs to set the direction for Scottish Labour and I'm going to absolutely be keen that he does that, but I'm also going to work with him."

Mr Miliband said he would support him in the run-up to the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.

He added: "We've got very important elections next May, very important elections for Scotland and I'm very, very clear that we need Iain Gray as first minister for Scotland.

"I think that we weren't relaxed enough about Scottish Labour setting its own direction and I'm very clear that Labour in Scotland will be able to set its own direction.

"That's what I said to Iain, that's what I said during the campaign and I think that's the way it should be."

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