Scottish general secretary Brian Roy to stand down

Scottish Labour's top party official in Scotland is to stand down after four years in the role, the party has announced. 

Roy was appointed in 2014 after working as an organiser for the party, and has served three party leaders as general secretary.

Staff at Scottish Labour HQ in Glasgow were told Roy would be standing down this morning, according to the Herald.

In a statement confirming his departure, Brian Roy said:

“After 12 years working for the Labour Party, under four UK Labour leaders and seven Scottish leaders, it is time for me to move on to new challenges.

“Having been at the very centre of Scottish Labour during the most turbulent political times, I have worked hard to unite the Party, drive our campaigns forward, develop and diversify our candidates, and modernise our campaign machine.

“It has been a privilege to work with Labour Prime Ministers and a Labour First Minister, with many leaders in between, and I sincerely wish Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn the very best as they prepare to win again as a Party of government.”

Richard Leonard, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said:

“On behalf of Labour Party members up and down Scotland I want to thank Brian for his dedication and hard work for our Party over the last 12 years.

“His extensive knowledge of, and loyalty to, the Labour Party, and his passion for our values, remains undiminished. He has led the Party organisation and the Party’s staff as our General Secretary through a very turbulent time.

“We all wish him every good wish for the future.”

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the UK Labour Party, said:

“Brian Roy’s experience and knowledge has been invaluable to Scottish Labour, and to me personally, and I thank him for his dedication to our Party and our movement.

“Brian is Labour through and through, and his charity cycle ride for Palestine is a great example of his commitment to international solidarity and justice.

“I wish him all the very best for the future.”

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