New Labour leader

Brown says Sarwar facing ‘impossible job’

Anas Sarwar

Anas Sarwar: overcoming division (pic: Terry Murden)

New Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has been warned that unless it drops its “dismissive attitude” towards independence he has no chance of rejuvenating the party.

Mr Sarwar was elected with 57.56% of the vote against Monica Lennon’s 42.44%. He succeeds Richard Leonard who stood down last month.

He said that under his leadership he will “focus on what unites our country – not what divides it”.

In his acceptance speech, he promised to be ‘brutally honest’ with the people of Scotland. 

“You haven’t had the Scottish Labour Party you deserve – with rising injustice, inequality and division, I’m sorry we haven’t been good enough,” he said. 

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