Kezia Dugdale was not simply 'hounded out' by Corbynites

The timing and manner of Kezia Dugdale's "bombshell" announcement that she has quit as Scottish Labour leader meant that it came as a shock.

Having led Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign in Scotland, he has used a book to describe Murphy as an "insincere" Blairite who would "brief and undermine colleagues" to further his ambitions.

"I think the race will come down to three but whoever wants the job needs to put their cards on the table and say that they actually want it".

"He will get his way on a whole range of issues", Harris said.

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.

Dugdale leaves Scottish Labour in a good position, after gaining six seats in the 2017 general election and with many tight marginal seats ripe for the party to target over the coming years.

"The reason why moderate MPs are being quiet is because they want to make it as hard as possible for them to be removed".

Furthermore, there was always a very strong impression that Dugdale was a reluctant leader.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "Kezia deserves the thanks of her party for the tireless work she put in as leader of Scottish Labour".

But since his re-election as leader she had publicly backed him, supporting his bid to become prime minister in June. 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.

Meanwhile left-wingers will be swinging behind a candidate of their choice in the forthcoming Scottish leadership election - the favoured candidate last night looking to be leading trade unionist Richard Leonard.

The Sunday Herald newspaper in Scotland devoted two pages last weekend to speculating that the Corbynistas were out to depose Dugdale, along with Brian Roy, the Scottish party secretary, and, indeed, Iain McNicol, the United Kingdom general secretary - to make way for Corbyn's true believers. According to the Scottish Labour Party, he is an ex-Scottish TUC economist, and worked for the GMB union.

However, her departure could pave the way for one of Mr Corbyn's allies in Scotland to take charge.

But Scotland's vote in favour of remaining in the European Union, coupled with its less-than-enthusiastic response to the SNP's call for a second independence referendum has provided cause for optimism, with Scottish Labour winning seven seats in the House of Commons.

Chairwoman of the Shetland Labour branch, Robina Barton, said news of Ms Dugdale's decision had saddened her. She had spoken of the toll taken by the death of her best friend Gordon Aikman, a fellow politico whose incredibly courageous fight against motor neurone disease inspired so many.

But, to cut to the chase, do I believe that Ms Dugdale has been ousted in a coup by the left? But she is leader no more.

Sarwar is the current Ladbrokes favourite to become the next Scottish Labour leader, with the betting firm giving him odds of 2/1. "He taught me how precious and short life was and never to waste a moment", she wrote.

Deputy leader Alex Rowley, who is now acting as interim leader, has said he does not want the job permanently. Having taken two years to steady the ship, Ms Dugdale has just tossed it back into stormy waters.


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