|Leader of the Scottish Opposition|
15 August 2015 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Jim Murphy|
|Succeeded by||Ruth Davidson|
|Leader of the Scottish Labour Party|
15 August 2015
|Preceded by||Jim Murphy|
|Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party|
13 December 2014 – 13 June 2015
|Preceded by||Anas Sarwar|
|Succeeded by||Alex Rowley|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for the Lothian Region
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
5 May 2011
28 August 1981 |
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Domestic partner||Louise Riddell|
|Alma mater||Aberdeen University
Kezia Alexandra Ross Dugdale (born 28 August 1981) is a Scottish Labour Party politician and has been the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party since 15 August 2015 and served as the Leader of the Scottish Opposition from the start of her tenure as Scottish Labour leader in August 2015, until the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2016, where Labour slipped into third place, behind the Scottish Conservative Party.
In 2016 Dugdale led Labour to its worst performance in a Scottish election in over a century. Labour finished in third place behind the Tories who supplanted Labour as the main opposition at Holyrood. She was previously the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2014 to 2015 and has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothian Region since 2011.
Early life and education
She studied Law at the University of Aberdeen from 1999 to 2003, and completed a Masters in Policy Studies from 2004 to 2006 at the University of Edinburgh. As well as living in Aberdeen and Dundee, she has resided in Elgin, Moray, before settling in Edinburgh in 2003. While studying in Edinburgh, Dugdale worked as Campaigns and Welfare Adviser for Edinburgh University Students' Association and as Public Affairs Officer at the National Union of Students Scotland.
She sat on Scottish Labour's Policy Forum from 2006–08 as well as serving as an election agent to both Sarah Boyack MSP and Sheila Gilmore MP. She had also volunteered in the parliamentary office of Pauline McNeill MSP as a researcher.
Scottish election, 2011
In 2011, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament, as Scottish Labour's second candidate on their list for the Lothian Region. She serves as a Scottish Labour and Co-operative Member and currently sits on the Local Government and Regeneration and Subordinate Legislation Committees. Dugdale was appointed to the post of Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 29 June 2013.
In 2014, members of the Edinburgh Eastern Constituency Labour Party selected Dugdale as their candidate for the 2016 Scottish Parliament Election. Despite her higher profile as a party leader Dugdale lost Edinburgh Eastern on polling day, trailing the SNP candidate by 5087 votes.
Deputy leader of Scottish Labour
In 2014 she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, replacing Anas Sarwar, and defeating Katy Clark. As Jim Murphy, Labour's Scotland leader, did not have a seat in the Scottish Parliament, she stood in for him at First Minister's Questions.
Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
In an August 2015 interview with The Guardian she refused to publicly say who of the four candidates in the UK Labour leadership election she supported, but did express serious doubts as to whether Jeremy Corbyn could ever become Prime Minister. She said: "There are loads of people [in the Labour party] who are quite prepared to say 'Och, it doesn't matter if he doesn't look like a prime minister, there's someone who's authentic and says what they believe'. But I want there to be a Labour government, otherwise I'm wasting my time. I don't want to spend my whole life just carping from the sidelines. So you have to convince me that he can be Prime Minister. Here's a guy that's broken the whip 500 times. So how can the leader of the party enforce discipline with that record?". After Jeremy Corbyn had been elected as leader, she revealed for the first time, on BBC Question Time on 30 October that she had voted for Yvette Cooper.
On June 29th 2016 Kezia Dugdale called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign his position as Labour Leader after 174-to-40 Labour MPs voted backing a no confidence motion in Corbyn's leadership. Dugdale said that when at least 80% of his own MPs have lost confidence in his leadership and no longer support him, Corbyn could not properly do the job of Labour Leader, could not function as Leader of the Official Opposition in parliament, and nor could he form a potential alternative government.
She again on 18 July 2016 in her weekly Monday column in the Daily Record called for Jeremy Corbyn to stand down as Labour leader. She said "With Corbyn as leader the probability of a UK Labour government are slim at best and non-existent at worst."
In a 27 July 2015 televised leadership debate with Ken Macintosh, she said it was wrong that Labour MPs abstained on the Conservative Government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill in the 20 July second reading vote in the House of Commons. Following the Lord Sewel scandal and resignation on 28 July 2015, she said the House of Lords should be elected and wants it moved to Glasgow.
Dugdale said that she was in a relationship with a woman as of 2016, but that she was disinclined to provide details of her private life. She first appeared in public with her partner Louise Riddell when they voted together in Edinburgh at the Scottish Parliament election in May 2016.
She describes her interests as going to the theatre, reading Scottish crime novels and enjoying the city of Edinburgh in which she lives. She is a supporter of Hibernian, living close to Easter Road. She has lived in the Lochend and Meadowbank area since 2006.
She is a member of Unite the Union and the Community trade union. She has a weekly column in the Daily Record, and has regularly written for LabourList and Progress. Dugdale was a keynote speaker at the 14 May 2016 Progress' Annual Conference.
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|Party political offices|
|Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
|Leader of the Scottish Labour Party