SCOTLAND’S only Labour MP has failed to rule out the possibility of the Scottish party breaking away as a separate entity.

Speaking to STV News, Ian Murray said it was important not to be “knee jerk” in response to a disastrous General Election campaign and that a breakaway Scottish Labour Party “maybe should” be considered as an option.

Speaking on the day after he announced his intention to replace Tom Watson as deputy of the UK Labour Party, the MP for Edinburgh South said: “I don’t think we should have any knee-jerk reactions to what happened on December 12.

“We were all feeling incredibly sore and yes there will be people that’ll want to look at [a separate party] as an option, and maybe we should look at that as an option, leave everything on the table.

“But the important thing is here, not to look internally but to look externally.”