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Scottish Labour's interim leader quits after being accused of sending former partner abusive messages


Rowley Corbyn Scottish Deputy Leader Alex Rowley (L) with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Getty Images/ Mark Runnacles

  • Scottish Labour’s interim and deputy leader Alex Rowley has resigned after a woman alleged he sent her abusive messages.
  • Rowley denies the claims and says he will “take all steps necessary” to clear his name.
  • Rowley took over as interim leader following the resignation of Kezia Dugdale.

LONDON — Scottish Labour’s interim leader has resigned after a former partner accused him of sending her abusive messages.

Alex Rowley denies the allegations but has stepped down as Scottish Labour’s deputy leader so an investigation can take place.

The unnamed woman told the Scottish Sun that Rowley “destroyed my life” and that she is now a “shadow of the woman I once was.”

She alleges that the MSP sent her abusive and threatening messages and that she reported the incidents to the police but they told her a crime had not been committed.

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

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“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.”

Rowley has been interim leader of Labour in Scotland since Kezia Dugdale resigned in August.

Scottish Labour will have a new leader on Saturday when the winner of the leadership race between Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar will be announced.


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