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Kezia Dug­dale was “hunted” by op­po­nents on the left of her own party but quit on her own terms, Labour in­sid­ers said yes­ter­day.

One se­nior party fig­ure sug­gested Jeremy Cor­byn could have done more to “call off the hounds” who de­manded Ms Dug­dale’s res­ig­na­tion un­til the fi­nal week of her lead­er­ship.

Con­cerns have also been raised that the com­ing lead­er­ship con­test could turn into a di­vi­sive proxy war for con­trol of the UK Labour Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

But sup­port­ers in the party said the Scot­tish Labour leader had quit in or­der to con­cen­trate on “what re­ally mat­ters in life”, rather than cav­ing into pres­sure from crit­ics.

De­spite mak­ing clear in her res­ig­na­tion state­ment that she was leav­ing for per­sonal rea­sons, Ms Dug­dale’s shock de­ci­sion to re­sign two years and

“There was an el­e­ment who har­ried and has­sled her, around the Scot­tish Left Re­view in par­tic­u­lar. They hunted her un­nec­es­sar­ily”


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