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Dugdale reprimanded by Labour for jungle jaunt

Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale: regret for causing “issues” (photo by Terry Murden)

Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has been reprimanded by the party for her unauthorised three-week absence to appear in reality TV programme I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

Ms Dugdale, who arrived back in Edinburgh from the jungle in Australia, was given a written warning but will not face further action. 

Following a meeting of the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group Executive, the party’s business manager James Kelly said: “Today Kezia Dugdale MSP was interviewed by the Scottish Labour Parliamentary Group Executive regarding her unauthorised absence from Parliament for three weeks.

“Following a discussion between Richard Leonard, Kezia Dugdale, and the group executive, it has been decided that the group will reprimand Ms Dugdale by way of written warning. She will not face further action.

“Tomorrow Scotland faces the most important budget since devolution, with local services facing huge cuts that will hit the poorest the hardest. The Labour family must now come together to oppose these cuts and outline fairer alternatives that ends austerity and lifts children out of poverty.”

Ms Dugdale said: “I deeply regret that this caused issues in the first weeks of Richard Leonard’s leadership and I am determined that it won’t affect Labour’s ability to scrutinise the Scottish Budget. 

“Now I’m getting back to work – and the very first thing I did was to vote with Labour for a fairer alternative to Tory austerity and demonstrate that parliament has the powers to stop the cuts and lift children out of poverty.”


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