She offered her party a fresh start after attrition
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.