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MetiNews.Com - Scottish Labour is looking for its seventh leader in 14 years after Richard Leonard resigned.
Breaking News ! Richard Leonard has quit as leader of Scottish Labour just months before voters are due to go to the polls at the 2021 Holyrood elections. It means the party membership must once again select another candidate to take charge, who must then attempt to win back some of the ground lost to a seemingly unstoppable SNP election-winning machine. Labour was for decades the dominant force in Scottish politics but since 2007 has found its position slipping further and further behind the Nationalists. It currently has just one MP north of the Border and is only the third largest party at Holyrood in terms of MSPs. So which politicians are being tipped as possible replacements? Read More Related Articles Richard Leonard quits as Scottish Labour leader with immediate effect Anas Sarwar Sarwar lost out to Leonard in the last leadership election in November 2017, but has remained one of the most high profile Labour MSPs at Holyrood in the years since. The 37-year-old served as deputy party leader under Johann Lamont while an MP for Glasgow Central, before switching to Holyrood after losing his Westminster seat. Sarwar is now heavily favoured among members to take on the top job within the Scottish party Jackie Baillie One of Scottish Labour's most experienced operators, Baillie has served as MSP for Dumbarton since the inaugural Scottish Parliament elections in 1999.
. A popular local MSP, Baillie was elected the party's deputy leader in April 2020. Monica Lennon Despite still being in her first term as an MSP, Lennon has become one of the best-known Labour figures at Holyrood. She was promoted to health spokeswoman - replacing Anas Sarwar - by Richard Leonard in 2018 and quickly made her mark. She made headlines around the world last year when a bill she introduced to parliament - which makes period products free across Scotland - was passed into law by a majority of MSPs.
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Ian Murray The sole remaining Scottish Labour MP has seen off repeated attempts by Nationalists to unseat him and is a persistent critic of the SNP Government at Holyrood. The former pub landlord is a popular figure in his Edinburgh South constituency, but may think twice about running for the Scottish Labour leadership while serving in the Westminster parliament - an experiment that proved disastrous for Jim Murphy in the past.
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