Scottish Labour interim leader steps down over misconduct claims

UK political figure steps down amid misconduct claims

The new leader is due to be announced on Saturday.

The woman said she was afraid of Rowley and filed a report with police in March 2011, but did not name him in it.

Rowley has rejected the allegations and said that he would work towards clearing his name.

Alex Rowley, a member of the devolved Scottish Parliament, faced claims carried in local media of harassment and abusive behavior towards a former partner.

Interim Scottish Labour leader Alex Rowley has stepped down following claims about his conduct, his party said.

Now he has stepped aside from that role and his post as deputy leader north of the border after a a former partner told the Scottish Sun newspaper that their relationship "felt like emotional blackmail and abuse".

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'These allegations must be properly and thoroughly investigated in line with our party's procedures - and I will refer myself to the party so such an investigation can take place.

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP and deputy leader of the party, who has been acting leader since Kezia Dugdale stood down in August, has denied the claims. "It's fearless coming forward and especially for women who feel they're the only ones".

"Given the evidence published today the right course of action for the Labour Party to take would be suspension".

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Scottish Labour's interim and deputy leader Alex Rowley has resigned after a woman alleged he sent her abusive messages.

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