Sitting MP Martin Whitfield has been unanimously re-selected by the local Labour Party to contest the East Lothian constituency at the next general election.
Members from across East Lothian met this week to conduct the party’s reselection process. They chose to give Mr Whitfield their clear backing to continue as the party’s candidate, with all six local branches voting to re-select him.
Speaking after the meeting, Martin Whitfield MP said:
“Being chosen as Labour’s candidate in 2017 and having the opportunity to serve East Lothian since then has been one of the greatest honours of my life, and I have enjoyed every moment of the job so far.
“I’ve done my utmost to fulfil my promise to be a dedicated and accessible local MP and always put East Lothian first. That has included standing up for the views of the majority of local people on Brexit and against breaking up the UK.
“Now that local Labour members have backed me as our candidate, I’ll be working as hard as possible to convince local people to also put their faith in me to continue serving them as East Lothian’s MP.”
Colin Yorkston, Chair of East Lothian Labour Party, said:
“Martin has been an excellent MP for East Lothian. As well as being a dedicated local constituency MP, he has also been vocal in his opposition to Brexit and another divisive independence referendum.
“At the reselection meeting, members made it very clear they have every confidence in him to continue being a strong Labour voice in Parliament for the whole county.
“East Lothian Labour will conduct our usual highly active election campaign. We’re confident of building on our electoral successes over the last few years by securing Martin’s re-election when the time comes.”