Corbynites poised to control Scottish Labour after Kezia Dugdale quits

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Jeremy Corbyn supporters moved to seize control of the Scottish Labour Party today after the shock resignation of Kezia Dugdale. 

The Scottish Labour leader resigned citing personal reasons, but speculation is mounting that she quit before being “hounded out” by the party’s Left wing. 

Today activists, socialists and members of Momentum began planning for a pro-Corbyn replacement, with Unite union member and MSP Neil Findlay tipped as a front-runner.

Martyn Cook, chairman of the Campaign for Socialism (CfS), the sister organisation of Momentum in Scotland, said they will back whichever pro-Corbyn candidate emerges, or may field one themselves.

On the next leader, he said: “They need to be a Corbyn supporter, and buy into the manifesto and be someone that drives that agenda. If we are going to win people back it’s got to be on an agenda of the For the Many manifesto — they want to see things like the £10 living wage, an expansion of workers’ rights.”

Mr Findlay, who is a favourite among Labour’s Left wing as a potential leader, is a CfS convener. 

Ms Dugdale, 36, denied suggestions she resigned before being pushed by party members unhappy at her distance from the Labour leader and perceived isolation in Holyrood. She previously said Mr Corbyn should stand down as leader.

Mr Corbyn now has a majority on the party’s National Executive Committee, as supporter and deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Alex Rowley, a former fixer for Gordon Brown, is stepping up to be interim leader.


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