Sturgeon mocks Labour Party over leadership change despite calls for her own resignation

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As the fallout from Alex Salmond inquiry continues Nicola Sturgeon has faced some calls to stepped down as leader of the SNP and Scotland’s First Minister. However, Ms Sturgeon fired a dig at newly elected Scottish Labour Party leader Anas Sarwar as she welcomed him to his new position in Holyrood.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Can I take the opportunity to welcome Anas Sarwar to his place.

“I do not want to brag here and I would have to count but I think I am well above five when it comes to Labour leaders that I have faced across this chamber.”

The SNP leader added: “In all seriousness, there is also a historic nature to Anas Sarwar’s election as leader of the Scottish Labour Party and I think it speaks well of the diversity of our country.

“So if for no other reason, I wish him well in the job.”

Ms Sturgeon was referencing the fact Mr Sarwar has become the first non-white leader of a major UK political party.

Mr Sarwar beat Monica Lennon in the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

He secured a majority of 57.6 percent of the vote.

Mr Sarwar said following his victory: “I am determined to bring our party together and harness all our talent, so that together we lead Scottish Labour into this contest with a firm focus on rebuilding our country.

Anas Sarwar reacts to being elected Scottish Labour leader

“In the coming weeks we will outline our vision for Scotland, with an NHS restart plan, a catch-up plan for our children, and a real vision for jobs – for now, and for the future.”

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