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The victor: Richard Leonard.

What a relief to have a supporter of traditional Labour values at the head of the Scottish party after the leadership election put Richard Leonard in charge!

The result should set Labour on a path to regain the popularity it has lost to the SNP in recent years, as it marks a change in direction away from the right-wing policies that have proven so unpopular with Scottish voters.

And it means that support for Jeremy Corbyn on Labour’s National Executive Committee has increased, giving him a firm majority.

You can hear a little of what Mr Leonard is all about in this video:

Meet the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party

? WATCH & SHARE: Meet Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party

Posted by Scottish Labour Party on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Opponents in the SNP and the Scottish Tories – and even in the Labour Party itself – will talk him down.

But they talked down Jeremy Corbyn and it is now only a matter of time until he becomes the UK’s prime minister.

Richard Leonard has won the race for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party.

The MSP and former GMB organiser won out over Anas Sarwar today at the end of a turbulent week for the party.

Leonard, who was thought to have the backing of key aides to Jeremy Corbyn, picked up 56.7 per cent of the vote ahead of the 43.3 per cent achieved by Sarwar.

Leonard today demanded “real change, energised with this new generation helping to lead it”.

“But founded on our old and enduring idealism too”, he said.

“That is the unity we can rally around, not simply a call for unity but around a renewed unity of purpose.

“And our shared purpose is clear, to build again, to win again.

“So that our purpose today is not just [to have] elected a leader. My aim is to be the next Labour First Minister of Scotland.”

The leadership race was prompted by the surprise resignation of Kezia Dugdale this summer.

Source: Corbynista candidate Richard Leonard triumphs in Scottish Labour leadership contest | LabourList


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