Alex Rowley resigns as Scottish Labour deputy leader amid abuse allegations

It is understood that Alex Rowley denies the allegations

Former partner accuses Alex Rowley of bullying.

The interim leader of Scottish Labour has stepped aside, amid claims of misconduct. She said she lodged a second police complaint, in which she did name Rowley, in November 2014.

Rowley, who took on the leadership post on an interim basis after the resignation of Kezia Dugdale in August, said the claims were baseless.

The Labour Party was set to elect a new leader on Saturday 18 November.

He was considered former prime minister Gordon Brown's right-hand man and protege after working as his assistant, election agent and constituency manager for five years. "Sexual harassment and abuse is never acceptable".

Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard, both MSPs, are battling it out in the race to succeed Dugdale, who quit suddenly this summer.

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Mr Sarwar said: "These allegations are distressing and deeply concerning".

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

He added: "In the meantime the Labour Party now has to use its internal procedures to investigate these allegations, ensuring that evidence is heard and support is provided for everyone affected - any decisions must be and should be upheld".

ALEX Rowley has been suspended from Scottish Labour's parliamentary group.

Mr Rowley has referred himself to the party's investigation unit.

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