Home

Wendy Alexander resigns

Tom Griffin
28 June 2008

Wendy Alexander announced her resignation as Scottish Labour leader this morning. Cathy Jamieson takes over as acting leader pending a leadership election.

The decision comes after the Holyrood Standards Committee voted on Thursday to suspend Alexander for one day for failing to publish details of donations to her leadership campaign.

In her statement today, Alexander described the committee's move as a 'breach of natural justice and a partisan decision.'

However, Iain MacWhirter has just suggested on BBC News 24 that the SNP may not have been trying to force Alexander out. A New Labour leader may be less inclined to support an independence referendum, and to pursue what MacWhirter called Alexander's 'small-n nationalist' agenda.

There was more potentially bad news for Labour with the announcement that Glasgow East MP David Marshall is set to stand down. In normal circumstances his 13,507 majority would be considered rock-solid, but a by-election will be a major opportunity for the SNP.

The constituency includes Glasgow Celtic's Parkhead stadium, and could be an interesting symbolic test of Alex Salmond's ambitions to win over Catholic voters in west-central Scotland who have traditionally voted Labour.

Why we're suing over the £23m NHS data deal with 'spy tech' firm Palantir

Right as the NHS battles 'vaccine hesitancy', why is the government giving a CIA-backed firm – whose spyware has been accused of creating ‘racist’ feedback loops in US policing – a major, long-term role in handling our personal health information, and in England's cherished NHS?

Get the inside story from the journalists and lawyers battling to force transparency from the government on what they're doing with public money – and our health records.

Join us for this free event on 4 March at 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Cori Crider Lawyer, investigator and co-founder of Foxglove, a non-profit that seeks to make the use of technology fair for everyone

Caroline Molloy Editor ourNHS and openDemocracyUK

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email

Comments

We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData