The Scotsman

Story of love across party divide delights social media

● Scottish Labour leader reveals she is dating an SNP politician


Support has flooded in for Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale after the announceme­nt of her relationsh­ip with a Fife SNP MSP.

The Lothian MSP revealed overthewee­kendshehas­been dating Mid-fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth since March. Ms Dugdale, 35, confirmed the pair were in a relationsh­ip and asked that their privacy be respected.

But friends, colleagues and the public took to social media to show overwhelmi­ng support following the couple’s announceme­nt.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her congratula­tions.

She wrote: “So love really does conquer all! Wishing every happiness to @Jennygilru­th & @Kezdugdale.”

SNP MP for Livingston Hannah Bardell tweeted: “Glad you’ve both found happiness @Jennygilru­th & @ Kezdugdale...a bit of crossparty co-operation always good!”

Ms Gilruth, 32, is a former teacher and was elected in May 2016, and currently works as a parliament­ary liaison officer for John Swinney who also took to Twitter to congratula­te the couple.

He said: “Love definitely knows no bounds.”

Ms Dugdale and Ms Gilruth became acquainted during a cross-party political trip to the United States in summer

0 MSPS Jenny Gilruth and Kezia Dugdale . ‘So love really does conquer all!’ tweeted Nicola Sturgeon last year. A joint statement released by the couple said: “We don’t consider this to be ‘news’ – but we appreciate others might and we want to go about our daily lives normally.

“We would like to thank our friends, family and colleagues for their kindness over the past few months and for their love and support.

“We’d politely ask that our privacy is respected because while we are both politician­s, we are also human beings – in a new relationsh­ip, which we cherish.”

It follows calls from left-wing publicatio­n the Scottish Left Review (SLR) for Ms Dugdale to be removed from her posi- tion as Scottish Labour leader claiming she was partly to blame for the party not winning more seats in last month’s general election.

A Labour source said the editorial was “ill-informed”.

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