Scottish Labour's Interim Leader Has Quit After Claims Of "Abusive" Messages

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

The MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife took over as interim leader from Kezia Dugdale after she unexpectedly stepped down on August 29.

Alex Rowley stepped down as interim Scottish Labour leader after a former partner accused him of sending her abusive messages and being a "ruthless bully", local media reported Wednesday.

The new Scottish Labour leader is due to be announced this Saturday.

Rowley has rejected the allegations and said that he would work towards clearing his name.

The Scottish Sun printed allegations from a former partner that he sent her abusive text messages and behaved in a bullying manner.

Alex Rowley "stood aside" following claims about his private life in a newspaper this morning and now faces an investigation.

But Ms Dugdale insisted the party should have suspended him while a probe into the "serious and deeply concerning" claims is carried out.

'These allegations must be properly and thoroughly investigated in line with our party's procedures - and I will refer myself to the party so such an investigation can take place.

She said: "The allegations that have been made against Alex Rowley are serious and deeply concerning".

She added: "Given the evidence published today, the right course of action for the Labour Party to take would be suspension".

But Mr Rowley is the most senior person in the Labour Party to be affected by allegations over conduct.

"Sexual harassment and abuse is never acceptable".

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