Jackie’s two days at Labour helm

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Andrew McNair

Jackie Baillie has made light of her two-days in charge of the cri­sis-hit Scot­tish Labour Party.

The MSP for Dum­bar­ton thinks she’ll soon be a tricky quiz ques­tion af­ter she took the reins last Wed­nes­day night af­ter in­terim leader Alex Row­ley stood down over al­leged mis­con­duct.

It meant she led the party dur­ing First Min­is­ters Ques­tions on Thurs­day be­fore hand­ing over the top job to the win­ner of Satur­day’s lead­er­ship con­test, Richard Leonard at the week­end.

The MSP told the Len­nox Her­ald: “I was ap­pointed in­terim leader of Scot­tish Labour fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Alex Row­ley.

“I will only be stand­ing for a cou­ple of days un­til the re­sult of the lead­er­ship elec­tion is an­nounced on Satur­day morn­ing.

“That means I will prob­a­bly hear my name crop up in fu­ture pub quizzes as an an­swer to ques­tions on the short­est-lived po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.”

Jackie, added: “Some peo­ple have said that I should make the most of the short space of time in the top job, per­haps by chang­ing party pol­icy to move the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to Dum­bar­ton and of course, sav­ing the Vale.

“If con­stituents have any other ideas then I am open to sug­ges­tions.”

On Satur­day morn­ing Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Richard Leonard was elected leader of the party af­ter com­fort­ably de­feat­ing Ms Baillie’s choice, Anas Sar­war, by 12,469 votes to 9516 to be­come the party’s ninth leader since de­vo­lu­tion.

Labour’s last full-time Scot­tish leader Kezia Dugdale re­signed in Au­gust.

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