Scottish Labour leader Leonard attends NEC meeting with Corbyn

New Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has met Jeremy Corbyn for the first time since being elected a week ago.

The politicians were in Glasgow for a meeting of Labour's governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Mr Leonard, a left-wing trade unionist and long-time Corbyn supporter, defeated MSP Anas Sarwar in the leadership contest, with the result announced last Saturday.

The UK Labour leader said he was "very pleased" to welcome the Central Scotland MSP to the post, adding that the pair have "known each other for a very long time".

The meeting of the NEC comes as Scottish Labour launched a weekend of national campaigning, with activists on the streets across Scotland.

Mr Corbyn arrived in Glasgow on Saturday, with the two leaders meeting volunteers from a help the homeless project in the evening.

They were pictured with youngsters from Help the Homeless Glasgow, including well-known Celtic superfan Jay Beatty.

The non-profit community group distributes food, sleeping bags and clothing to rough sleepers around the city centre.

The group tweeted a picture of the two leaders and youngsters captioned: Some of our mini-volunteers and another visitor @jeremycorbyn #HelpTheHomelessGlasgow.

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