Responding to the news that Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy is to resign next month, Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"Jim Murphy's resignation was almost inevitable, but even as he announced it he promised to further weaken Labour's relationship with the wider labour movement. People haven't left Labour because of the trade unions, but because the party itself long ago strayed from its principles. Without a clear sense of purpose, it has seemed to care only about holding office instead of creating new ideas for a better society.

"It's clear that the Scottish Parliament needs an opposition that's creative and challenging, but which can act constructively too. The Scottish Greens are ready to take on that role. With our growing membership and our healthy polling for next year's election we can provide the progressive voice that Scotland's communities deserve."