Jim has a record of real achievement at home and abroad.
Before setting up Arden Strategies, Jim Murphy was a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons for eighteen years. For almost a decade he held senior Ministerial roles in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Shadow Ministerial Posts and Responsibilities (2010 -2015)
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party (2014 - 2015) Led the Party into the 2015 general election while modernising its' constitution and democracy. Stood down after the 2015 election.
Scotland's referendum (2014) Widely recognised as a passionate and successful advocate for maintaining the UK. Undertook one of the highest profile 'Vote No Thanks' initiatives of the referendum by touring Scotland for 100 impromptu public street meetings. Part of leadership team of the all-party Better Together campaign.
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (2013 - 2014) Consulted internationally and prepared detailed negotiation positions for the UN conferences on climate change and new Global Development Goals. Sought coherent responses to the growing refugee crisis and travelled extensively to meet other governments including in Lebanon and Jordan.
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (2010- 2013) Oversaw a review of the Opposition's defence policy. Priorities included reforming the Ministry of Defence procurement processes and proposals on the restructuring of the British Army. Styled a new post-Iraq model of international intervention for the Labour Opposition which was informed by regular visits to Afghanistan.
Posts and Responsibilities as a Government Minister (2003 - 2010)
Secretary of State for Scotland (2008 - 2010) As Scotland's representative in the UK Cabinet was the guarantor of the devolution settlement between Scotland and the rest of the UK. At the time of the 2008 financial crisis was one of a small team of Cabinet Ministers who served in the Cabinet sub-committee on planning real time responses to the financial and banking crisis. Responsible for organising the first ever Papal State visit to the UK. Involved detailed and confidential negotiations with the Vatican and Buckingham Palace about shared aims of this historic event.
Minister for Europe at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2007 - 2008) Oversaw the UK's relations with the EU and all of its Member State Governments. Responsible for bilateral links between the UK and Turkey, Central Asia as well as Russia at a difficult time in relations between the two nations. Co-ordinated the UK's public diplomacy strategies across the globe and chaired the Foreign Office's Public Diplomacy Board. Launched 'Public Diplomacy in a Globalised World' in Capitol Hill. Successfully navigated the EU's Lisbon Treaty ratification through Parliament and was voted the most effective Minister in government by politicians of all parties from the House of Commons and House of Lords. Negotiated with other European governments, in particular with the German, French and Poles on issues as varied as completing the single market, climate change and relations with North Africa nations. Responsible for Foreign Office work on NATO and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform (2006 – 2007) The Department of Work and Pensions is the biggest spending UK government department. Had responsibility for the majority of the £160 billion budget and more than 40,000 staff. Started a year long consultation with charities, businesses and disability groups about modernising disability entitlements. This led to the overhaul of the UK benefit system and replacing Incapacity Benefit with Employment and Support Allowance - a change affecting almost three million people. As a consequence of the open way in which this consultation improved the proposed laws, the legislation was welcomed by disability groups and agreed by all parties in Parliament. Introduced new policies on industrial injury and family poverty.
Minister for the Cabinet Office (2005 – 2006) Worked with Tony Blair's Downing Street team on political strategy. Responsible for public service reform and cross-government IT modernisation. Led on discussions with all public sector trade unions on behalf of the government on issues of pensions and workplace reform.
Senior Government Whip and Lords Commissioner (2003 – 2005) Responsible for Liaison with the Treasury and Department of Industry.