Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader

Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader

Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader

Just a few of the questions arising as a effect of Kezia Dugdale's decision to step down as Scottish Labour leader.

Murphy beat him to the leadership in 2014 before presiding over Scottish Labour's near-death experience in the 2015 United Kingdom general election, when Labour lost all but one of its seats to the SNP. She can point to her relentless campaigning for equality, her internal reforms which made the Scottish party more autonomous and a recent general election that saw Labour surpass expectations.

How else is it possible to explain the fact that Kezia was allowed to continue as leader until she chose to quit, even after leading Labour into 3rd place in the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, and even urging people to vote Tory because she's so caught up in the blinkered SNP-bad mindset?

Political commentators in Scotland have described how Dugdale has faced criticism from left-wing party members and had in the past been critical of Corbyn.

But the problem for Labour moderates is that the Corbyn-inspired lurch to the left that she worked so hard to prevent in Scotland is now likely to become a reality.

Fellow politicians have paid tribute to her time as the party's leader.

Amid speculation she had been forced out by Jeremy Corbyn, she insisted the next supremo needed time to prepare for the Holyrood parly elections in 2021.

"I wish Kezia and those who may seek to succeed her the very best for the future and I look forward to Parliament returning next week so I can work with my colleagues to hold the SNP to account for their appalling mishandling of our public services, expose the Tories for their shambolic handling of the Brexit process and work towards returning Labour governments at Holyrood and Westminster that works for the many not the few".

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Chair of the Edinburgh Southern Constituency Labour Party and Labour Hame editor Duncan Hothersall said he was proud to have stood beside Dugdale, and thanked her for "reminding people what Scottish Labour is all about".

Dugdale's period in charge has coincided with some turbulence in her private life, however.

Harris, a long-time critic of Corbyn, says they may have a tough job as Scotland has "always turned its back on that radical Marxist doctrine that's so beloved of some Corbynite supporters". His background may have seemed incongruous to traditional Scottish Labour supporters, but his cheerful and effective efficiency helped her score notable hits against Nicola Sturgeon. According to the Scottish Labour Party, he is an ex-Scottish TUC economist, and worked for the GMB union.

Neil Findlay, an ally of Jeremy Corbyn, is one of the names tipped to take over already, with Anas Sarwar and Jackie Baillie also thought to be in the running.

Despite slipping to be the third-biggest party at Holyrood in 2016, Scottish Labour recovered to gain six seats at the general election and be in a strong position in a number of marginal seats across Scotland.

Aikman died, aged 31, of motor neurone disease in February. "I care deeply about the Labour Party - I love it and I have devoted my adult life to serving it".

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

In her resignation statement, she explained that Mr Aitkman's death had taught her about how to live and "never wasting a moment". Alex Rowley, Ms Dugdale's deputy, has accepted the role of interim leader.

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