Scottish Labour leader urges UK party to back autonomy plan
Kezia Dugdale will make proposals to change the party's structures at a meeting in London.
Kezia Dugdale will urge UK Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) to back proposals for greater autonomy for her party at a meeting on Tuesday.
The Scottish Labour leader is in London for a meeting of the party's NEC.
Dugdale wants the party's ruling body to endorse proposals for Scottish Labour to take control of candidate selection for UK general elections in Scottish constituencies and to have full control over the party's membership in Scotland.
Disciplinary procedures are currently carried out by the party in London, which can suspend or remove party members in Scotland for breaking membership rules.
Several Scottish Labour members have been suspended or expelled during the current leadership contest.
Dugdale also wants Scottish Labour to have greater freedom to formulate its own policies on reserved matters and to influence UK Labour policy position.
The Scottish Labour leader is calling for both Scottish and Welsh Labour to have a permanent place on the NEC with full voting rights.
The representative could be elected by the party's membership or appointed by the Scottish Labour leader.
Jeremy Corbyn endorsed the plans in a joint statement released with Dugdale in October last year.
It is unclear if Dugdale's subsequent public endorsement of Corbyn's leadership challenger Owen Smith will derail the plans.
If passed by the NEC the proposals will be put forward at the party's conference, which begins in Liverpool on Saturday.
A spokesman for Dugdale declined to comment while the discussions are under way.