Scotland politics

Scottish Labour leadership voting closes

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Voting in the Scottish Labour Party leadership contest has now closed.

The three candidates seeking to replace Johann Lamont as head of the party are MSPs Sarah Boyack and Neil Findlay and MP Jim Murphy.

The deputy leadership post is also vacant and two candidates - MP Katy Clark and MSP Kezia Dugdale - are contesting that role.

The winner of the online ballot will be announced on Saturday.

The leadership contest was sparked after Ms Lamont resigned from her post accusing Westminster colleagues of treating the party in Scotland like a "branch office".

All three candidates have been taking part in a series of hustings across Scotland since the ballot opened on 17 November.

Candidate thoughts

Ms Boyack has been explaining what she would do if elected to run the Scottish party.

She said: "It's about inspiring our own members, then going out and connecting with people and communities and just talking about how we tackle the cost of living crisis."

After the vote had closed, Mr Findlay thanked the 1,000 volunteers who had helped with his campaign.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "At the centre of what Labour does will be an anti-poverty strategy to attack the gross wealth and health inequality we have in our society."

Mr Murphy, who does not hold a seat at Holyrood, said: "If I am leader of the Scottish Labour Party we will do things really dramatically differently. We will be optimistic, we will be patriotic, we'll stop fighting with ourselves and we will come up with radical policies."

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