The waiting's finally over
And so finally, after weeks of waiting, Wendy Alexander has been confirmed as the new leader of Scottish Labour.
Why the wait? Because, although she was sole nominee, her election had to be confirmed by an electoral college comprising Labour MSPs and the party’s executive in Scotland.
Today it was announced that she had received 100% support from those voting.
“Better than Stalin”, one party aide was heard to mutter, the comment somewhat stifled by the presence of tongue in cheek.
And better than Donald Dewar. In similar circumstances, he only got 99.8% of the vote.
On investigation, it turned out that one union had rashly declined to offer support. Plainly, discipline has improved.
Wendy Alexander wants organisation to improve too.
The new leader wants root and branch reform - extending the party’s campaign reach across the whole of Scotland.
When Harold Wilson became Labour leader in 1963, he compared the party’s organisation to a “penny farthing”, quite unsuited to winning power in contemporary politics.
Wendy Alexander plainly feels the same now about Scottish Labour.
Stand by for policy movement too. She plans a virtual think-tank, tapping into ideas from a wider base.
Stand by for a new team of advisers - and for her shadow cabinet, due to be unveiled on Monday.
But perhaps she faces a more fundamental question.
What, precisely, does she lead? Strictly, it is Labour in the Scottish Parliament.
Her focus upon party organisation would suggest that she definitely envisages a wider role.
But how will that square with the role and influence of MPs - including one Gordon Brown?
Wendy Alexander wants more autonomy for the Scottish party on policy. She says the Scottish party should lead on devolved issues while the UK party leads on reserved matters.
It will be intriguing to see how it all shakes down.