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|Alexander set to be next leader
||Alexander set to be next leader
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Wendy Alexander is set to become the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
Nominations for the post will close at noon, with Ms Alexander, 44, the only candidate.
The Paisley North MSP has pledged to reform the party, renew its policies and re-connect with the people.
Her leadership is expected to be formally confirmed at a special conference of MSPs, MPs, union leaders and party members next month.
This conference is likely to be before the UK Labour Party conference on 23 September.
Before then, the "big ideas" politician intends to stage a series of meetings to take her message of reform and renewal to all parts of the country.
Left wingers have failed to raise the six MSPs needed to sign the nomination papers for any challenger in the leadership contest.