About Jim Murphy


Jim Murphy served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons for eighteen years.

For almost a decade he held senior Ministerial portfolios in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His roles included:

  • Secretary of State for Scotland during the financial crisis of 2008 where he served on the government’s National Economic Council
  • Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and also responsible for UK public diplomacy. He navigated the passage of the Lisbon Treaty through Parliament which saw the introduction of Article 50 into UK law
  • Minister of State for Employment where he reformed the UK’s welfare system
  • Minister at the Cabinet Office overseeing the government’s technology strategy

In Opposition, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. He also led the Scottish Labour Party and played a crucial role in the winning campaign to keep the UK together during the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence

More recently he has served as the Senior Adviser to the Tony Blair Institute. Additionally, he is a Trustee of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, an Ambassador for the Internet Watch Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Community Security Trust

Jim describes himself as ‘a better marathon runner than footballer’. He authored the critically acclaimed book 'Ten Football Matches that Changed the World and the One that Didn’t'.