Former Scottish Labour leader says she was outed without consent

Kezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour Leader, who resigned from the post on 29 August this year, has claimed that she was outed as a lesbian by a magazine against her will.

She told the Victoria Derbyshire Show that she had asked the Fabian Review not to include quotes relating to her sexuality, but that the magazine ignored her request.

It wasn’t the first time I’d been asked about my sexuality,” she said. “I would always answer honestly, and then I would say, ‘I’d prefer you didn’t use that… I don’t think it matters.”

The Fabian Review has said that the interview was not off the record and that Ms Dugdale had not requested that remarks about her sexuality be withheld.

At the time she was in a relationship with SNP politician Jenny Gilruth. The couple have since parted.

On the publication of the article, she said: “I had to make some phone calls, speak to a few people, make the best of it that I could. But it wasn’t in my control and I regret that. I think it was unfair.”