Scottish Labour leader Alex Rowley steps aside amid claims of misconduct

Alex Rowley steps down as interim Scottish Labour Leader amid 'emotional abuse' claims

Alex Rowley steps down as interim Scottish Labour Leader amid 'emotional abuse' claims

Rowley has rejected the allegations and said that he would work towards clearing his name.

In a statement, Rowley confirmed that he will also step down as deputy leader of the party.

The woman, has wished to remain anonymous, told the Scottish Sun the MSP "destroyed" her life after repeatedly sending her abusive text messages and stalking her, saying the abuse has left her "a shadow of the woman I once was".

His stint as interim leader was coming to an end this Saturday when the party's leadership election between Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar will be announced.

Rowley has been interim leader of Labour in Scotland since Kezia Dugdale resigned in August.

"These allegations must be properly and thoroughly investigated in line with our party's procedures - and I will refer myself to the party so such an investigation can take place".

A Scottish Labour Party spokesman said: "Alex Rowley has stood aside as interim and deputy leader of Scottish Labour and referred himself to the party's internal complaints procedure regarding allegations made against him".

Scottish politician Alex Rowley has recently stepped down as interim leader of the Scottish Labour Party after his former partner claimed that the man send her abusive messages, threatened her and literally turned her life into "hell".

It is understood he denies the allegations. He was voted in as deputy leader of the party in August 2015.