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A senior member of Richard Leonard’s shadow cabinet told Mr Leonard he had failed to turn around the party’s fortunes and his “poor ratings” would produce a “catastrophic result”.
James Kelly, who was his party’s justice spokesperson, resigned on Tuesday night after saying Leonard had not taken the party forward.
In a brutal resignation letter, Kelly said: “I have no confidence in your ability to shape the party’s message, strategy and organisation. I know that this is a view shared by other parliamentarians, party members and indeed many members of the public.”
Leonard said: “It is deeply disappointing that disgruntled MSPs who never supported my leadership would choose the day when the Scottish Government finally accepted a Labour policy demand of ten years – for a National Care Service – to try and wage an internal war.”
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