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Lamont: Labour 'the only chance' for better Scotland

The outgoing chair of the Scottish Labour Party said "it has been an immense privilege to lead" the part during the "momentous time in Scottish politics."

In her resignation letter, Johann Lamont said she believed Labour Party is the "only chance for better Scotland."

Some, including senior members of the party, have questioned my place in this new phase. In order that we can have the real discussion about how we take Scottish Labour forward, I believe it would be best if I took myself out of the equation and stepped down as leader.

– Johann Lamont

"Despite the serious challenges we face, I strongly believe that the Labour Party is not only our best chance of achieving a better, fairer Scotland, it's our only chance," she said.

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Ed Miliband 'has questions to answer' on Lamont exit

Labour former first minister Lord McConnell told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme he was "very, very angry" and said UK party leader Ed Miliband had questions to answer.

He said:

She (JohannLamont) clearly blames today publicly Ed Miliband and those around him and that's a very serious accusation that requires answers, and it requires answers not just from him but from those closest to him.

I have had my concerns for some time about the way in which the Scottish Labour Party was struggling to set out a vision for the 21st century and a positive vision that would take us from opposition back into power. I think the responsibility for that difficulty is shared amongst a number of different people and I'm absolutely certain that Johann Lamont would take some responsibility herself for that.

– Lord McConnell

He added:

I think there are serious questions that need to be asked about what has happened in these past two weeks, but also that this issue has to be resolved in advance of the election of the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

– Lord McConnell
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