Scottish Labour leadership contenders Anas Sarwar and Monica Lennon both claim they are 'change candidates'
Ms Lennon described the party as "a bit broken", pointing to decisions on disciplinary issues, such as the case of the nine Aberdeen councillors who were suspended after forming a coalition with the Conservatives.
Writing in the Daily Record last January, Ms Lennon said the Scottish Labour Party would need to undertake "epic changes" and potentially split with its UK counterpart to ensure it did not hit "rock bottom".
On Sunday, she said: "I stand by the comments about 'epic change', that's why I'm standing to be the change candidate in this contest."
Just minutes later, Mr Sarwar laid claim to the moniker as well.
"I am the change candidate in this election," he said.
"I wasn't part of the continuity of the last few years."
Mr Sarwar was recently appointed the party's constitution spokesperson while Ms Lennon has held the health portfolio since 2018, when she replaced her opponent.
When asked if she still believed the Scottish party should be an entirely separate party, Ms Lennon said: "No, I think there's a way forward.
"I think we can keep the party united, but I think we need to change internally."
Ms Lennon said she has contacted UK leader Keir Sir Starmer and would be "willing to work co-operatively", but believed disciplinary issues should be resolved north of the border.
When asked if she will be "another branch manager" if she wins the leadership, Ms Lennon said: "I've never been a branch manager in my life. I'm standing to be my own woman and to lead a modern Scottish Labour Party that is fit for the 2020s."
Mr Sarwar said if he won the contest there would be no doubt where the power in the Scottish party lay.
"There will be no doubt who leads the Scottish Labour Party and who speaks for Scotland in the Labour Party," he said.
"I want Keir Starmer to be the prime minister of the UK, I will respect him, I will support him.”
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