Johann Lamont Elected As Scottish Labour Party Leader

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Johann Lamont has been elected as leader of the Labour party in Scotland. The MSP for Glasgow Pollok was formerly the party's deputy leader under Iain Gray, who resigned after the drubbing in the elections to the Scottish Parliament in May.

Lamont saw off competition from fellow MSP Ken Macintosh and also from MP Tom Harris. Anas Sarwar, also an MP for Glasgow, becomes the party's deputy leader.

Since losing badly in the May elections Scottish Labour has undergone a period of soul-searching and subsequently beefed-up the role of the leader as the party seeks to distance itself from London.

Labour is the second party in Scotland to elect a woman as leader this autumn. The Scottish Conservatives elected Ruth Davidson as their leader in November. The Tories in Scotland are also seeking to make themselves more distinct from the national party in London, but the Tories stopped short of creating an entirely separate party.

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