But it wasn’t until after the party leader broke her engagement at Christmas that the pair got closer.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “We don’t consider this to be ‘news’ - but we appreciate others might and we want to go about our daily lives normally.“We would like to thank our friends, family and colleagues for their kindness over the past few months and for their love and support.“We’d politely ask that our privacy is respected because while we are both politicians, we are also human beings - in a new relationship, which we cherish.”Ms Dugdale only came out publicly in April 2016 saying she didn’t talk much about her female parter because she didn’t feel she needed to.
And have we gotten any better (or worse) at finding love? You went on a date with someone, probably not knowing a whole lot about them beforehand.
After the date, you might have waited by the phone, hoping they’d call. If they didn’t, you presumed they weren’t interested for whatever reason and ate some ice cream. You can find out a lot about your date before you meet them by looking at their profile on a dating website, checking out their career prospects on Linked In and sussing them out on Twitter or Facebook. We’re also wondering: ‘why haven’t they retweeted me?
Tory leader Ruth Davidson, Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie and David Coburn, leader of Scottish Ukip, are all in same sex relationships while Scottish Secretary David Mundell said in January last year that “the only way to be truly happy on a personal level is to acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am.”Aberdeen-born Ms Dugdale has been the leader of the Scottish Labour Party since August 2015 and supported Owen Smith against Jeremy Corby in last year’s leadership election.
The former teacher, who is also a parliamentary liaison officer to Deputy First Minister John Swinney, first became friendly with Ms Dugdale during a cross-party trip across the Atlantic last summer.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.