Corbyn election leaves Labour 'hopelessly divided'

"I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his re-election as leader of the Labour party. However, this is a result which will be greeted with utter dismay by thousands of moderate voters across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

"It is a sign of Labour's utter mess that an attempt to get rid of Mr Corbyn has succeeded only in strengthening his grip on the party.

"This result now leaves Scottish Labour hopelessly divided. Kezia Dugdale has repeatedly attacked Mr Corbyn in recent weeks but we know that her own deputy and many members of her team have urged the party to back him and his brand of hard left politics.

"Mr Corbyn's election means that, at both Holyrood and Westminster, Labour is simply incapable of providing a strong opposition to anybody apart from itself.

"By contrast, I am determined to ensure that my team of Scottish Conservative MSPs focuses on the job in hand - taking on an arrogant and increasingly out of touch SNP government."