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Tuesday, 23 November, 1999, 06:56 GMT
'More help' plea from party officials
The Labour Party's decision-making body the NEC will be meeting

Some of Labour's most senior officials will be meeting to discuss the implications of devolution for the party north of the border.

A meeting of the powerful National Executive Committee takes place in London on Tuesday to examine a report prepared by the Scottish party.

It has been drawn up in light of the new constitutional settlement which came into being when the Scottish Parliament opened in May.

The document is understood to include calls for greater resources and improved research facilities for the Scottish arm of the party.

Alex Rowley: Left the post of general secretary
An announcement is also expected this week on who will succeed Alex Rowley as general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party.

He left the post earlier this year amid accusations he had been sacked on the instructions of London-based officials.

But Mr Rowley, 35, insisted at the time he was going because his aim to help the party win the Scottish Parliamentary elections had been completed and he wanted to move on to new challenges.

The former Fife Council leader - who was in the post for a year - had been seen as an increasingly marginalised figure in the months before his departure.

Lesley Quinn, Assistant General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, became acting general secretary to co-ordinate the party's European election campaign.

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19 May 99 |  UK Politics
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