Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Kezia Dugdale resigns as Scottish Labour Party leader

Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
She was elected leader in 2015 - after just four years in Holyrood.

Sky News Scotland Correspondent James Matthews, who broke the news, said: "I think she's simply had enough on a number of levels in a very difficult job."

It is believed that Scottish Labour members were told on Tuesday, and that a public announcement is expected later.

In her resignation letter to the chair of the Scottish Labour Party, Ms Dugdale writes: "I've given this task all that I have.

"With nearly four years until the next Scottish Parliament election, I'm convinced the party needs a new leader with fresh energy, drive and a new mandate to take the party into that contest."

Labour slipped into third place in the Scottish Parliament at the last Holyrood election, and won seven seats at the last General Election.

James Matthews said: "There has been tension between the Corbyn camp and Kezia Dugdale. She has previously called him divisive and said that he wasn't the man to take Labour forward. As he gained traction within the Labour movement and the larger population, she said that he was an electoral asset.

SKY       News.

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