Labour branch backs Leonard

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The Ruther­glen branch of the Labour Party has en­dorsed Richard Leonard in the party’s Scot­tish lead­er­ship elec­tion.

Mem­bers are be­lieved to have voted on Sun­day night for the former trade union­ist, who is seen as the favourite for the role.

Ruther­glen was widely ex­pected to nom­i­nate Anas Sar­war, who is seen as the mod­er­ate can­di­date.

The Ruther­glen branch has a rep­u­ta­tion for back­ing mod­er­ate can­di­dates hav­ing pre­vi­ously sup­ported the likes of Owen Smith and Andy Burn­ham against Jeremy Cor­byn.

But last week the Re­former re­ported on ap­par­ent splits in the lo­cal branch, with many new mem­bers want­ing to back Leonard, who is seen as be­ing to the left of the party.

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Ger­ard Killen had al­ready given his back­ing to Mr Leonard, who is a sup­porter of Jeremy Cor­byn.

James Kelly MSP, who is a mem­ber of the Ruther­glen branch, nom­i­nated Mr Sar­war for the role.

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