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Kezia Dugdale resigns as Scottish Labour party leader

In a sudden move Kezia Dugdale has resigned as Scottish Labour party leader. Kezia Dugdale will stand down with immediate effect after stating that the party needs a new leader with "fresh energy and a new mandate".

Kezia Dugdale claims to have taken over the party when it was "on its knees in Scotland" and that it has "revitalised during her two years as leader".

Nicola Sturgeon immediately took to Twitter to say "We may be opponents, but @kezdugdale led her party with guts and determination and I admired her for that. I wish her well for the future".


Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative Leader, also took to Twitter to say "Leadership can be tough and @kezdugdale deserves the thanks of her party for putting in the hard yards. I wish her well".


The Lothians MSP has previously criticised UK leader Jeremy Corbyn, and has faced criticism from left-wing members of her own party. Ms Dugdale denied she was quitting now in order to avoid being pushed out by Jeremy Corbyn supporters in the future.

Kezia Dugdale's resignation comes some months after her new relationship with Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, SNP, began. In a joint statement, Ms Dugdale and Ms Gilruth asked for their privacy to be respected and said they did not consider their new relationship to be "news".

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted "So love really does conquer all! Wishing every happiness to @JennyGilruth & @kezdugdale" upon hearing the news.


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