Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour Party leader

Evening Times Kezia Dugdale says Jeremy Corbyn is helping Labour turn the tide against the SNP although polls tell another story Kezia Dugdale resigns as Scottish Labour Party leader
Andrew Cummings | 31 August, 2017, 01:44

The decision by Kezia Dugdale to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour party has come as a surprise to the party's local branch.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption How did Kezia Dugdale's relationship with Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters affect her leadership?

"PS, please can we have another woman and not revert back to a man".

He said it would be "wrong to speculate" on who he would like to stand.

"Kezia has been a strong champion of co-operation in her role as a local MSP and as Scottish Labour leader". Its position is still weak for a party that for decades dominated Scottish politics and had 41 seats in 2005.

Scottish Labour's health spokesperson appears to be one of the front-runners in the leadership race due to his experience within the party. If he sought the leadership, he would have to relinquish that interim role and shows no sign of doing so. In fact, the possibility of her moving on has been talked about for a while.

"This is a hard job for anyone to take on and I don't know who would really want it". But leaving now suggests she feels even the battles her colleagues will take up, such as those on the Labour NEC, are pointless, which isn't such an admirable decision.

Dugdale left her position by writing a letter to the party's executive committee, claiming Scottish Labour needed a new leader with "fresh energy and a new mandate".

"We urge the party to reflect upon this turn in fortunes and consolidate, not to act in undue haste on any succession plan".

He stated: "There is no need to rush to a leadership election".

Other contenders being talked about are the interim leader Alex Rowley as well as the Glasgow MP and former deputy leader Anas Sarwar.

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"This is not about the next four weeks".

"I choose to stand down because I believe it is best for me and best for Scottish Labour, at a time when we can be positive and optimistic about our future". "Let's seize it and build for the future".

The Fife MSP, and former leader of Fife Council, took his name off the table just 24 hours after Kezia Dugdale's announcement she was quitting with immediate effect.

"I thought it was quite sad because she was a good leader".

Under her leadership, Labour finished third behind the SNP and Scottish Conservatives in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, but won seven seats in the snap general election in June. Many people outside Holyrood and Westminster would agree with that.

Nevertheless, she has made a more than decent fist of making the best of a bad job.

Last night we told how Holyrood rivals paid tribute to her.

Both Mr Findlay and Mr Rowley are supporters of Mr Corbyn, and had been among the early bookmakers' favourites to succeed Ms Dugdale. Her open, friendly, and upbeat style was appealing. He had raised more than £500,000 for research into the condition.

"His terminal illness forced him to identify what he really wanted from life, how to make the most of it and how to make a difference". She was first elected to the Scottish parliament in 2011, and was re-elected previous year.

Last month, Dugdale announced she was in a new relationship with the SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth.

Ms Dugdale? She says she wants to remain as an MSP. She also conducted herself with dignity throughout her leadership, winning many admirers for her straightforward and refreshing manner.

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