It then looked likely that left-wing Alex Rowley, the party’s deputy leader, could throw his hat into the ring, however, the BBC’s Nick Eardley has recently tweeted that Rowley is unlikely to stand and that the focus is turning to left-wing newcomer Richard Leonard.
Hearing from sources close to him Alex Rowley WON'T stand - all eyes on Richard Leonard from left— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) August 30, 2017
The National has also reported that Leonard is likely to stand for the role to replace Kezia Dugdale, according to sources close to the MSP.
Before around 3pm, Sarwar and Leonard were the joint favourites to replacing Kezia Dugdale, but since then Leonard’s odds have shortened to make him the favourite.
Leonard’s Ladbrokes odds now stand at 6/4 compared to Sarwar’s of 2/1 (as of 3pm).
Who is Richard Leonard?
Leonard was elected MSP for the Central Scotland Region only in 2016. According to his Scottish Labour Party bio, he worked for the GMB Trade Union and has been a TUC economist.