Scottish interim Labour leader Alex Rowley quits over harassment allegations

Scottish Labour leader quits over claims he made ex's life 'hell'

Scottish Labour leader quits over claims he made ex's life 'hell'

In a statement, Rowley confirmed that he will also step down as deputy leader of the party.

Alex Rowley stepped down as interim Scottish Labour leader after a former partner accused him of sending her abusive messages and being a "ruthless bully", local media reported Wednesday.

A Scottish Labour Party spokesperson said this morning: "Alex Rowley has stood aside as Interim and Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour and referred himself to the Party's internal complaints procedure regarding allegations made against him".

The interim leader of Scottish Labour has stood down after a former partner of his claimed that he had made her life a "living hell" with abusive messages.

It is understood he denies the allegations.

"I totally refute these allegations and will take all steps necessary to clear my name", he said.

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

Mr Rowley, who had been Scottish Labour's deputy leader, stepped up to take charge of the party after Kezia Dugdale dramatically quit as leader in August.

"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".

He was considered former prime minister Gordon Brown's right-hand man and protege after working as his assistant, election agent and constituency manager for five years.

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