Richard Leonard elected new leader of Scottish Labour

Richard Leonard is favourite to win the Scottish Labour Party leadership contest

Jeremy Corbyn will be hoping that Richard Leonard, the union-backed leftwinger, emerges victorious from what has been the most bitter leadership contest in the party's history.

Until now, Scottish Labour had backed centrist candidates, with its members voting in the United Kingdom party's leadership election for Corbyn's rival, Owen Smith, last year. Although he supported him in the Labour leadership election, he did then distance himself in an interview, claiming he was "too long in the tooth" to be a Corbynista.

Labour MSPs and senior figures in the party accused Dugdale of bringing herself and the party into disrepute.

"It might be good publicity for her, but there's some who will think it's not so good for the Labour party".

Scottish Labour confirmed that Jackie Baillie, the party's economy spokeswoman, would take over as interim leader.

Mr Sarwar said: "Thank you to the thousands of members and trade unionists who voted for me, and the hundreds who volunteered to help during this campaign".

But a source close to the former Scottish Labour leader said: "What a fantastic opportunity for Kez to speak about politics and Labour values on one of the most popular and watched TV shows in the UK".

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He replaces Kezia Dugdale, who quit in August, saying that the party needed a "new leader with fresh energy, drive and a new mandate".

"People will be looking now to see if Labour can make much of a recovery in the coming years".

In July she revealed she's dating Scottish National Party MSP Jenny Gilruth after meeting on a cross-party trip to the US.

She will join the likes of boxer Amir Khan, Boris Johnson's dad Stanley and Saturdays singer Vanessa White in the jungle for the ITV show. I wish her well for the future'.

The left winger became the fourth person to hold the post in the last three years after defeating rival candidate Anas Sarwar.

"With almost 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".

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