Jackie’s two days at Labour helm
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.