Alex Rowley steps down as interim Scottish Labour leader

Written by Tom Freeman on 15 November 2017 in News

Deputy leader Alex Rowley steps down amid allegations about his private life in a newspaper

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Scottish Labour's interim leader Alex Rowley has stepped down amid newspaper reports about his private life.

The MSP, who is also stepping down from his position as deputy leader, has denied allegations made in the Sun newspaper and has vowed to clear his name.

In a statement, Rowley said: "I totally refute these allegations and will take all steps necessary to clear my name.

"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.

"While that investigation is carried out, I will step aside as deputy leader, as well as interim leader, of the Scottish Labour party."

The announcement comes only days before the results of the ballot to see who has replaced Kezia Dugdale as the next permanent leader of the party is announced.

Rowley has not attended First Minister's Questions for the last few weeks after reports he has been ill.

A Scottish Labour Party spokesperson said: "Alex Rowley has stood aside as Interim and Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour and referred himself to the Party's internal complaints procedure regarding allegations made against him."

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