Labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn loses another key figure as Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale backs Owen Smith

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale reveals her support for Owen Smith

Kezia Dugdale backs Owen Smith

Monday, August 22, 2016

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has announced her support for Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest, deadling a fresh blow to Jeremy Corbyn.

As the competition between current leader Jeremy Corbyn and Smith heats up ahead of Labour's leadership contest, Dugdale revealed in her newspaper column her belief that the challenger can "unite our party" and "move us on from the divisions" under Corbyn.

Dugdale also claimed Corbyn wouldn't be able to gain enough votes to beat the Conservative Party.

Whilst some have claimed she shouldn't be supporting one leader publically, on the basis she may have to work with the other, Dugdale said she felt a "particular responsibility to speak out". 

Her comments come shortly after London Mayor Sadiq Khan also lent his support to Owen Smith, saying Corbyn's lack of clarity during the Brexit campaign contributed to this decision.

Labour members will start receiving ballot papers from today (Monday), and the winner of the election is expected to be announced on 24th September.