Scottish Labour leadership race: Who will replace Kezia Dugdale?
31 August, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
Tom Harris, who once stood for the Scottish Labour leadership, said "no-one will know for sure" whether or not Dugdale resigned of her own volition, but she was "probably more popular than her party" and would have had its "full-throated support" had she wished to stay.
But she wasn't a bulwark of strength against the left in her party: she ceded power over decision-making on some issues to them, and indulged them on policies such as Trident renewal when Scottish Labour didn't even need to take a position on the reserved matter.
She insisted she left the party "in better shape than I found it" after taking on the job in the wake of the 2015 general election, which saw Labour lose all but one of its MPs in Scotland while the SNP enjoyed a landslide victory.
General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party Brian Roy meanwhile, said: "Over the coming weeks the Scottish Executive Committee of the Labour Party will decide the process and timetable for a leadership election".
Reports of a "civil war" for control of Labour in Scotland surfaced last weekend, with one left wing journal calling for her to stand down to make way for a more radical leader.
Mr McCready described how co-operation had "been at the heart of her politics as Scottish Labour leader", with strong support for the party's People's ScotRail and People's Bus campaign.
With Yes voters deserting Labour over independence, she expended much energy in developing a position that embraced federalism in an attempt to set out a coherent solution to her party's constitutional conundrum. "I wish her well for the future".
"The Scottish Co-operative Party is sorry to see Kezia Dugdale resign as Scottish Labour leader", said Richard McCready, the party's Scottish Political Officer.
His decision not to run follows fellow left-winger Neil Findlay ruling himself out of the contest.
Why? Why now? And who might replace her?
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Alex Rowley, the interim Scottish Labour leader, is in the running for the post on a permanent basis. This is an opportunity to reflect upon what the Scottish Labour Party stands for.
He used to be former prime minister Gordon Brown's fixer in Fife, and backed Corbyn in his leadership election a year ago, breaking from Dugdale's opposition to the Labour leader.
Anas Sarwar, the party's health spokesman and the former deputy leader, is the bookies' favourite, but has yet to show his hand.
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Ms Dugdale's resignation letter explains she has reconsidered life following the death of a close friend who had been battling a terminal illness.
Corbyn clashed with Dugdale earlier this year when he said he would "open discussions" over a second Scottish independence referendum. "He taught me how precious and short life was and never to waste a moment", she wrote.
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