Timetable announced for Scottish Labour leadership

At a meeting of Scottish Labour’s Scottish Executive Committee today (Sunday) the timetable was agreed for electing the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

Candidates for leadership will be invited to declare their candidacy from tomorrow (27th October). MPs, MSPs and MEPs nominations will open on Friday 31st October and close on Tuesday 4th November. The ballot commences Monday 17th November and the new leader will be announced on Saturday 13th December.

Speaking following the meeting, Chair of the Scottish Labour Party, Jamie Glackin said:

“The Scottish Executive Committee agreed unanimously on the timetable and process for electing a new leader to take the Scottish Labour Party forward.

“I am pleased the timetable will balance the need for a speedy transition with the clear desire among members to both make their voice heard and hear the prospective cases from the candidates for leader.”

“A number of events will be held across Scotland before Scottish Labour’s new leader is announced on December 13th and I look forward to working with whoever the new leader is to take forward Labour values into Government in 2015 and 2016.”

Interim leader Anas Sarwar MP said,

“What was clear from the meeting was a real determination to make sure our focus over the coming weeks and months was to expose the failings of both the Tory and SNP Governments and to work with whoever the new leader is to deliver a Labour Government at next year’s General Election.”

“This cannot be a process that only looks internally but crucially gives the party and the party members the opportunity to debate Scottish Labour’s vision for Scotland.”