UK October General Election On Target - Jack McConnell Resigns
McConnell quits Scottish Labour leadership giving an indication that
the UK Labour Government is clearing the decks for a probable October
Former first minister Jack McConnell has announced his immediate
resignation as Scottish Labour leader. The 47-year-old is to undertake
an education project to help children in Malawi and Rwanda, but will
stay on as MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw.
Mr McConnell had been under pressure to go since the Scottish National
Party won the Holyrood elections in May and has said his party needed
to re-engage with the people and develop new policies to rebuild
Mr McConnell, who as first minister forged close connections between
Scotland and Malawi, has accepted a voluntary position leading the
educational work of the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in that country, as well as Rwanda.
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