Scot­tish Labour Party votes in young fa­vorite as new­est com­man­der

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bri­tain’s cen­ter- left Labour Party in Scot­land on Satur­day elected 33- year- old Kezia Dug­dale as its new leader as it seeks to re­build af­ter a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat to na­tion­al­ists in May’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Dug­dale, who has only been a mem­ber of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment for four years, beat vet­eran cam­paigner Ken Mac­in­tosh to re­place Jim Mur­phy, who stepped down af­ter his party lost all but one of their 41 seats to the proin­de­pen­dence Scot­tish Na­tional Party (SNP), in­clud­ing his own seat on the out­skirts of Glas­gow.

Dug­dale se­cured 72.1 per­cent of the vote, which was open to around 21,000 party mem­bers.

“I know that the past few months have been in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult for Labour mem­bers across the coun­try,” she said on win­ning.

“But I have a mes­sage for Labour Party mem­bers ... we are down but we are not out.

“I will work night and day over the com­ing weeks and months to make you proud, to honor that trust that you have put in me to­day, to give you some hope, to re­new your faith in our abil­i­ties to trans­form the com­mu­ni­ties that we seek to serve,” she added.

The SNP won 56 out of 59 seats in Scot­land in the May 7 vote, in what was once one of Labour’s strongholds.

Labour na­tion­ally is also search­ing for a new leader af­ter Ed Miliband quit fol­low­ing a sur­pris­ingly big de­feat by Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron’s cen­ter-right Con­ser­va­tives. Vot­ing opened for the UK party lead­er­ship on Fri­day.

Left-winger Jeremy Cor­byn is the shock fa­vorite to take over, with other can­di­dates in­clud­ing for­mer Health Sec­re­tary Andy Burn­ham, for­mer Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

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