POLITICS: Anas Sarwar is the new Scottish Labour leader

By Democrat reporter

BBC Scotland is reporting that Anas Sarwar has been elected the new leader of Scottish Labour, replacing Richard Leonard who led the party for three years.

The Glasgow MSP takes over less than three months before the next Holyrood elections. He won the leadership election this morning in a straight contest with Monica Lennon MSP, pictured left.

Anas Sarwar became a member of the Scottish Labour party at the age of 16. His father, Mohammad Sarwar, was the UK’s first ever Muslim MP and held the Glasgow Central seat for Labour between 1997 and 2010 – until  Anas succeeded him.

Graduating from the University of Glasgow, Mr Sarwar worked as a dentist in Paisley for five years prior to becoming a MP.  The 37-year-old was the Glasgow Central MP from 2010 to 2015.

Commenting on Anas Sarwar’s victory in the Scottish Labour leadership race, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:  “I would like to congratulate Anas Sarwar on his victory and offer my commiserations to Monica Lennon. They are both a credit to their party.

“Liberal Democrats have long championed a federal future for the United Kingdom and in recent times there has been an increased recognition from Gordon Brown and others that the governing architecture that underpins the United Kingdom needs reform.

“I am keen to work with Anas and his party to make reform of the UK a reality. It is time to fix the foundations on which our house of nations sits.”

Anas Sarwar arrives with his wife Furheen in 2017
Anas Sarwar and his wife Furheen in 2017 – the couple have three children.

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