She of­fered her party a fresh start af­ter at­tri­tion

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Kezia Dug­dale of­fered a “fresh start” for Scot­tish Labour when she was elected as leader with over­whelm­ing sup­port of party mem­bers

She fresh­ened up a party that was in bad shape fol­low­ing years of at­tri­tion from the SNP at Holy­rood.

Her big­gest stamp on the party was the wave of new faces that re­placed sit­ting MSPS atop re­gional lists that were seen as the party’s best hope for seats in 2016.

But she was the first to ac­knowl­edge she had yet to shape the party into a co­her­ent fight­ing force.

She was wrong-footed on a num­ber of poli­cies, briefly sug­gest­ing she may vote for in­de­pen­dence in the event of Brexit be­fore back­track­ing; al­low­ing the party to cam­paign against nu­clear weapons de­spite her own per­sonal sup­port for Tri­dent; and call­ing for the SNP’S “named per­son” pol­icy to be shelved de­spite her own per­sonal sup­port.

Ms Dug­dale was elected as an MSP for the Loth­ian re­gion in 2011 and marked her­self out as one of the ris­ing stars within her party.

She is the daugh­ter of two teach­ers – her fa­ther Jeff is a paid-up mem­ber of the SNP. She stud­ied law at Aberdeen Univer­sity.

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