Scottish Labour's Rami Okasha to step down as head of strategy

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Scottish Labour's head of strategy and communications has said he will step down from the role this week.

Rami Okasha's departure came a month after former general secretary Colin Smyth said he was resigning.

Labour had previously said Mr Okasha was on leave and refused to comment on media reports he had been suspended.

Mr Okasha said: "Being at the heart of a political party is a real privilege and I have worked alongside tremendously talented people."

He added: "I have been part of a team running the last European, general and Scottish elections, winning three parliamentary by-elections, and this year's local authority campaign, so now is a good time to move on to new challenges.

"I strongly support Johann in her efforts to build a new Scottish Labour Party and look forward to playing any role I am asked."

Last year a major shake-up of the Scottish Labour party structure was agreed and Mr Smyth's departure last month was seen by some as a move aimed at giving leader Johann Lamont more authority.

Mr Okasha worked for the party for four and a half years.

Ms Lamont said: "I would like to thank Rami for his dedication and service to the Scottish Labour Party.

"He is a man of considerable merit and no-one could ever say he didn't put in the hours.

"He leaves with my best wishes and I hope he enjoys the success he deserves in his future career."

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