SCOTTISH Labour constituency groups across the North-east are split over who should be the next UK leader and deputy leader.
Aberdeen Central has backed Jeremy Corbyn for leader, Banff and Buchan has backed Andy Burnham, Aberdeenshire West Yvette Cooper and Moray Liz Kendall.
Meanwhile, Moray has also pledged support for Stella Creasy’s deputy leadership campaign and Aberdeen Central for Tom Watson.
Aberdeenshire West Constituency Labour Party (CLP) chairman Peter Young said the vote for Ms Cooper was by no means unanimous but, overall, members thought she was the best candidate.
He said: “We had a very detailed discussion about the merits of each candidate but we decided Yvette had the best mixture of experience and vision for the future, as well as being the best potential prime minister.
“She has a really good understanding of economics and is prepared to argue against the Tory myth that the Labour party caused the economic crash.
“Yvette argues strongly and correctly that it was a global crash.”
CLP secretary Lesley Young added Ms Cooper had the broadest appeal and was also pro-EU membership.
She said: “We’re looking for someone to lead the party forwards. Yvette is not politically tainted by being too left or right and can mean something to non-Labour members.
“The wider electorate is who we need to gain the confidence of if we are to form a government in the future.”
Moray CLP secretary Sean Morton said of Ms Kendall: “The group felt we should have a fresh face who can win power for a purpose, not leave Labour as a party of protest.
“We also endorsed Stella Creasy, who I think will bring us out of the Dark Ages and revolutionise the way we interact with people, every day as opposed to just at election time.”