Rowley rules out Scottish Labour leadership bid

Kezia Dugdale to resign as leader of Scottish Labour Party

Alex Rowley has become interim leader of the Scottish Labour Party, following Kezia Dugdale's resignation.

FILE PHOTO: Scottish Labour Party leader Kezia Dugdale arrives at the Scottish Parliament ahead of a referendum debate in Edinburgh Scotland, Britain March 21, 2017.

Despite her differences with Corbyn - against whom she campaigned in the 2016 Labour leadership contest -Dugdale denied suggestions that she had quit before being pushed by the left wing.

"Kezia became Scottish leader at one of the most hard times in the history of the Scottish Labour Party, and the party's revival is now fully under way, with six new MPs and many more to come", he said.

Under her leadership, Labour finished third behind the SNP and Scottish Conservatives in last year's Scottish Parliament election - but went on to win seven seats in the snap general election in June.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said: "Kezia Dugdale has been a good thing for Labour".

His lack of experience could hold him back, but the MSP for Central Scotland is a member of the Campaign for Socialism and his support for Corbyn could see him surprise many in the leadership election.

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

News of Ms Dugdale's decision emerged on Tuesday night, with the Lothians MSP insisting it was time to "pass the baton on" to someone else. He will also take her position on Labour's National Executive Committee, which could tip the body in Corbyn's favour. "I wish her well". "Kez Dugdale deserves the thanks of her party".

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Neil Findley, an MSP for the Lothian region, stood against Jim Murphy for the leadership in 2014, after his preferred option at the time, Gordon Brown, ruled himself out of the running.

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

Sarwar is the current Ladbrokes favourite to become the next Scottish Labour leader, with the betting firm giving him odds of 2/1.

He used to be former prime minister Gordon Brown's fixer in Fife, and backed Corbyn in his leadership election previous year, breaking from Dugdale's opposition to the Labour leader.

She leaves with more Scottish Labour MPs in Westminster than she started with: impressive, given many had assumed Scottish Labour was dead for at least a generation after the SNP surge in 2015. "On behalf of the party, I wish her well". She chose to stay, albeit briefly.

A Scottish Labour source said: "Kez was hounded out by Jeremy Corbyn's mob". According to the Scottish Labour Party, he is an ex-Scottish TUC economist, and worked for the GMB union.

She did mess up on the question of Scottish independence in a 2016 interview with the Fabian Review, saying it was "not inconceivable" that she could "argue, for Scotland's sake, against the UK Union" if the country voted to stay in the European Union but the rest of the UK voted to leave.

Aikman died, aged 31, of motor neurone disease in February.

Her departure means that her hard-won place on the NEC will be taken by the interim leader and Corbyn-supporter Alex Rowley - a move that will enhance the grip of the left. "He taught me how precious and short life was and never to waste a moment", she wrote.

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