Anas Sarwar has been elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
Result of the Leadership Election
Monica Lennon 42.44%
Anas Sarwar 57.56%
Mr Sarwar said the party under his leadership will ‘focus on what unites our country - not what divides it’.
In his acceptance speech, he also promised to be ‘brutally honest’ with the people of Scotland.
He said: “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."
Mr Sarwar, MSP for Glasgow, is the first minority ethnic leader of a major political party in the UK.
He said: “That doesn’t say something about me. That says something great about Scotland and its people.”
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said: “I want to say directly to the people of Scotland, I know Labour has a lot of work to do to win back your trust.
“Because if we’re brutally honest, 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.
“And I will work day and night to change that, so we can build the country we all need.”
He added: “Today we have elected the first ever ethnic minority leader of a political party in the UK.
“That doesn’t say something about me. That says something great about Scotland and its people.
“But the fight for equality is far from over.
“And I’ll work with all our diverse communities in Scotland to rebuild the country we love.”
Mr Sarwar concluded: “I’m determined that the Labour Party I lead will always be on your side.
“Because I will be a leader who focuses on what unites our country - not what divides it.
“And together we will build a better future for Scotland.”
Labour MSP James Kelly said:
"I supported Anas throughout this leadership contest because I know not only does he have the skills and experience to lead our party, but he also has the right message and an ability to be heard right across the country.
"There is only a short time between now and May's election, but this election is more important than ever. Following the most devastating year any of us have ever known, we need to rebuild our country. Under Anas's leadership Scottish Labour is once again ready to be the party that stands up for people right across our communities, and we have the ambition to build back better.
"The Scottish Labour Party will fight these elections on the issues that matter most to people; the injustice of child poverty, the poor state of our health service, an education system that's failed to receive the attention that it deserves, and I believe that this is our opportunity to once again become the party that people trust.
Anas's speech on Youtube: https://youtu.be/-dAsvMo93nI