East Lothian Labour Party has started the process of selecting its candidate for the East Lothian constituency at next year’s Scottish Parliamentary election.
Any party members interested in seeking selection for the candidacy are being invited to submit nominations by Wednesday 14th October.
Once nominations close a selection committee of local members will choose a shortlist of candidates before the full membership have the opportunity to vote on their preferred candidate.
It is hoped that the new candidate will be in place by Wednesday 11th November.
Speaking about the process, Colin Yorkston, Chair of East Lothian Labour Party, said:
“Following Iain Gray’s decision not to seek re-election next year, we have begun the process of choosing his successor as the Scottish Labour candidate for the East Lothian constituency.
“Iain has been an outstanding and widely respected MSP for our area since 2007 and whoever we select will have a very strong platform to build on.
“However, the impact of Covid-19 and the current restrictions mean that campaigning is likely to look rather different to previous elections and there will be a lot of unknowns for all parties and candidates.
“Whatever happens, East Lothian Labour Party will mount our usual strong campaign to convince voters that only a Labour MSP can continue to defend East Lothian’s interests against SNP cuts and centralisation and oppose their obsession with another independence referendum.”
Labour Party members can find further information about the selection process and how to self-nominate at https://scottishlabour.org.uk/parliamentary-selections/