Scottish Labour: Jim Murphy and Kez Dugdale win

Jim Murphy with new deputy Kezia Dugdale. Pic: John Devlin
Jim Murphy with new deputy Kezia Dugdale. Pic: John Devlin
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The Scottish Labour party today announced that Jim Murphy will be its new leader with Lothians MSP Kezia Dugdale as deputy leader.

Former Scottish secretary Mr Murphy triumphed over Holyrood health spokesman Neil Finlay and former Scottish Executive minister Sarah Boyack, both Lothian MSPs, for the top job.

Kezia Dugdale is the new deputy leader. Pic: Ian Rutherford

Kezia Dugdale is the new deputy leader. Pic: Ian Rutherford

The leadership contest was sparked when Johann Lamont stood down suddenly, accusing colleagues in Westminster of treating Scotland like a “branch office”.

Ms Dugdale beat North Ayrshire and Arran MP Katy Clark to the deputy job.

Ms Dugdale tweeted: “Congratulations @jimmurphymp on becoming our Leader, I look forward to working with you to build a fairer Scotland.”