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Anas Sarwar 'humbled' by support for Scottish Labour leadership bid

"It is time for a Scottish Labour vision for the new society we want to build: based on full employment in a sustainable economy, funding publicly run public services providing dignity for our pensioners and hope for our young".

The 55-year-old MSP was born and brought up in North Yorkshire and went to Pocklington School, a small independent school 13 miles from York.

"This means taking more chances, Labour is in third place, and unless we are audacious now we will never win back the support of the people of Scotland".

Pauline McNeill said of Sarwar's candidacy: "Anas has the experience and energy to take on the challenge to transform us from being an opposition party to being the next Scottish Government".

Mr Sarwar, the former deputy leader, announced his candidacy yesterday and insists he can be Scotland's next First Minister.

Anas Sarwar vowed to "unite" the party and return Labour to power in Holyrood, if he were to succeed Kezia Dugdale, who resigned last week.

He added: "We are all united in our desire to elect Jeremy Corbyn as our next Prime Minister".

Mr Sarwar, the son of the UK's first Muslim MP, Mohammed Sarwar, may struggle to win over left-wing activists who could hold the balance in the one member-one vote leadership ballot.

Leonard had earlier told BBC Radio Scotland that Scottish Labour had failed to capitalise on Corbyn's leadership, saying: "I think we should have used the opportunity of Jeremy Corbyn's growing popularity in that election to knock on more doors to get across the Labour message and I think to get away a bit from the entrenchment in constitutional politics which we found ourselves in". The former GMB official will also have the backing of the trades unions in the forthcoming campaign.

"That is why I have made a decision to seek to be the next Leader of the Scottish Labour Party".

"I think there was a Corbyn bounce, I don't think it was picked up soon enough and acted on quickly enough in Scotland". "I can't change that".



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