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Salmond: Scottish Labour has 'deep-seated problems'

Alex Salmond announced he would stand down as SNP leader after Scotland voted No to independence. Credit: PA

Outgoing Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said:

I always found Johann Lamont to be a spirited opponent in the Scottish Parliament, strongly dedicated to her party, and I wish her well for the future.

The fact that Scottish Labour are now going to have their fifth leader since the SNP took office in 2007 indicates that their problems are not about personalities - they are much more deep-seated than that.

It was always very clear that Johann Lamont was never able to be meaningfully in charge of Labour in Scotland, and that is laid bare in dramatic fashion in her resignation comments.

– Alex Salmond

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Lamont: Westminster Labour treats Scottish party as 'branch office'

Lamont, right, takes a message from Labour leader Ed Miliband at a speech earlier this year. Credit: PA

Outgoing Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont has accused the Westminster leadership of treating the party in Scotland as a "branch office".

Announcing her resignation, Ms Lamont told the Daily Record:

Just as the SNP must embrace that devolution is the settled will of the Scottish people, the Labour Party must recognise that the Scottish party has to be autonomous and not just a branch office of a party based in London.

Scotland has chosen to remain in partnership with our neighbours in the UK. But Scotland is distinct and colleagues must recognise that.

There is a danger of Scottish politics being between two sets of dinosaurs ... the Nationalists who can't accept they were rejected by the people, and some colleagues at Westminster who think nothing has changed.

– Johann Lamont
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Blair denies saying Miliband can't lead Labour to victory

Tony Blair has denied the claims. Credit: PA

Tony Blair has denied saying Ed Miliband cannot lead Labour to victory at the General Election because he has "failed to connect with voters".

The Daily Telegraph claimed the former prime minister had told friends privately of his concerns.

The paper quoted a source as saying :"The Conservatives will be the next government because Labour has failed to make a good case for itself. That is what Tony thinks."

But Blair's office were quick to dismiss the alleged quotes and tweeted that the story "does not represent my view".

It added: "Ed Miliband and the Labour Party can and will win the next election."

Missing man found

A 75-year-old man who was reported missing in the Keswick area has been found safe and well.

Cumbria Police have thanked everyone who assisted in the search for Michael Blake.

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Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont resigns

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Johann Lamont has resigned.

A Labour source said: "She realised it was time for a change in Scotland. She has put the party first. Ed regards her as an honourable woman who has served party well and we hope will serve the party again in the future."

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