Anas Sarwar quits as Labour deputy leader

Anas Sarwar

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ANAS Sarwar has resigned as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

The Glasgow Central MP, currently interim leader of the party following Johann Lamont’s resignation, said he will remain in that role until the new leader is announced on December 13.

His resignation comes after fellow MP Jim Murphy announced he was entering the leadership race against MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack.

If Mr Murphy was elected and Mr Sarwar remained deputy leader it would leave the Scottish Labour Party without a leader at Holyrood.

Mr Sarwar said: “I have come to a decision I believe is in the best interest of the Scottish Labour Party. It’s my intention to hand over the leadership to a new team on December 13.

“While remaining in post until that time as interim leader, I think it is also right that we have a concurrent leadership and deputy leadership election.

“This will allow the Scottish Labour Party, its members and affiliates the opportunity to not only elect a new leader but a new leadership team focused on winning in 2016.”

Mr Sarwar announced his resignation at the Scottish Labour Party’s Gala Dinner in Glasgow this evening.

Lothians MSP Kezia Dugdale and North East Scotland MSP Jenny Marra could be possible candidates to succeed him as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.