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In quotes: Scottish Labour leader

Reaction to the news that East Lothian MSP Iain Gray has been elected the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Johann Lamont as his deputy.

WENDY ALEXANDER, FORMER SCOTTISH LABOUR LEADER

"I would like to offer Iain good luck and my best wishes. It was a good campaign fought by all candidates and it can only help the Labour Party in Scotland go forward."

NICOLA STURGEON, SNP DEPUTY LEADER

"Congratulations to Iain Gray on becoming the Labour leader in the Scottish Parliament - the fifth since devolution.

"However, I don't envy his task considering that just 3% of people in Scotland think that he would make the best first minister. Among the people, Mr Gray was the least popular of the three leadership candidates.

"Labour's low-key election contest generated hardly any interest, and has been totally overshadowed by Labour's civil war at UK level."

ANNABEL GOLDIE, SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE LEADER

"I congratulate Iain Gray on being elected.

"The internal jubilation of the Scottish Labour Party will cut little ice with the people of Scotland. Iain Gray finds himself in charge of a party which has hit the buffers north and south of the border.

"Labour is neither fit for purpose as an opposition at Holyrood nor government at Westminster. Nothing any new leader can do will change that."

TAVISH SCOTT, SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRAT LEADER

"I congratulate Iain Gray on his election. However, I fear that the messenger is not the problem with Labour. The country has got sick of the message."

DAVE WATSON, SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY CHAIRMAN

"This has been an excellent process for the party and involved a franchise 20 times larger than any other political party in Scotland.

"I want to congratulate Iain and Johann. We emerge from the election with a new leader, refreshed by debate and reinvigorated by the knowledge that our party has the ideas and the leadership to gain the trust of Scots."

DES BROWNE, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCOTLAND

"Iain has an impressive mandate and will be a very effective leader. I know Iain will work closely with the whole party in Scotland not only to expose the broken promises, cuts and unworkable policies that lie behind the SNP spin, but also to develop Labour's positive vision for the future of Scotland.

"I also pay tribute to Johann, and am sure she will play her part alongside Iain."

STEVEN PURCELL, GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL LEADER

"I am delighted by the election of Iain and Johann. They will make a great team and I know that Labour councillors across Scotland will want to work with them to further our party's values and expose the failings of the SNP.

"Both have a great knowledge of local government and will unite all the sections of our party in Scotland."



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