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Saturday, 20 April 2024 – 22:39

Anas Sarwar becomes first British Asian leader of a U.K. political party

Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow, Anas Sarwar, has been elected as the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

The election was triggered after Richard Leonard resigned, stating that it was in the best interests of the party for him to stand down, with Sarwar defeating the more left-leaning candidate, Monica Lennon.

Sarwar gained 57.6% of the vote, to Ms Lennon’s 42.4%.

In a speech posted to Twitter after his victory was announced, he said;

‘I want to say directly to the people of Scotland, I know Labour has a lot of work to do to win back your trust.’

‘Because if we’re brutally honest, you haven’t had the Scottish Labour Party you deserve.’

‘With rising injustice, inequality and division, I’m sorry we haven’t been good enough.’

‘And I will work day and night to change that, so we can build the country we all need.’

Scotland has their Parliamentary elections on 6th May 2021, with Sarwar hoping to mount a significant Labour comeback in the face of scandal gripping the Scottish National Party, which have led the Scottish government since 2007.

Scottish Labour has struggled in recent years, and are currently the third-largest party in the Scottish Parliament – behind the SNP and the Conservatives. Sarwar will have a difficult challenge ahead of him if the party are to mount a serious comeback in just 10 weeks time.”>February

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