Labour's leader in Scotland Richard Leonard QUITS ahead of Holyrood elections

Labour’s leader in Scotland Richard Leonard QUITS ahead of Holyrood elections in which party was expected to trail THIRD behind SNP and Tories

The Leader of Scottish Labour quit today just months before he was due to lead the party into difficult Holyrood elections.

Richard Leonard announced he was stepping down with immediate effect this afternoon after three years in charge.

The leftwinger, who was aligned with Jeremy Corbyn during his time as Labour chief, had already faced calls from allies of successor Sir Keir Starmer to step down.

During his time in charge Scottish Labour has failed to make any headway against the dominant SNP or the Tories in a country where they were once the main political force.

Announcing his decision today Mr Leonard told the Daily Record: ‘I have come to the conclusion it is in the best interests of the party that I step aside as leader of Scottish Labour with immediate effect.

‘This was not an easy decision, but after three years I feel it is the right one for me and for the Party.’

The leftwinger, who was aligned with Jeremy Corbyn during his time as Labour chief, had already faced calls from allies of successor Sir Keir Starmer to step down

The leftwinger, who was aligned with Jeremy Corbyn during his time as Labour chief, had already faced calls from allies of successor Sir Keir Starmer to step down

During his time in charge Scottish Labour has failed to make any headway against the dominant SNP or the Tories in a country where they were once the main political force

During his time in charge Scottish Labour has failed to make any headway against the dominant SNP or the Tories in a country where they were once the main political force

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