After months of privately arguing for a change of tack in order to avoid a catastrophic 2021 Scottish election result, several senior Scottish Labour figures have publicly called for Richard Leonard to step down as leader.

MSPs James Kelly, Jenny Marra, Daniel Johnson and Mark Griffin have all called for the leader to go; Rachel Reeves MP, a key Starmer ally, has said Leonard must consider his position; and four Scottish Labour peers, George Foulkes, Helen Liddell, George Robertson and Meta Ramsay have said the party urgently needs a new leader at the helm.