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”