Members of East Lothian Labour Party have voted to give a supporting nomination for the Scottish Labour leadership contest to Anas Sarwar MSP.

Those present at the online supporting nomination meeting, which took place on Monday 25 January, discussed the qualities of both candidates before participating in an online ballot which saw Mr Sarwar win by a margin of 28 votes to 5 for Monica Lennon.

The decision to nominate Mr Sarwar was welcomed by Iain Gray, who was also one of the MSPs to nominate Mr Sarwar:

“As I told members at the meeting, we are fortunate to have two very capable candidates in this contest but, for me, Anas just edges it. He has the greater experience, excellent communication and campaigning skills and has a very clear stance against another referendum and for the next parliament focusing on unity and recovery.

“I also believe he has the leadership skills to rebuild Scottish Labour and then Scotland by making the case for Labour’s values and policies. I’m delighted that local members shared my view and hope that the wider membership will now back Anas in the leadership ballot.”

Martin Whitfield, East Lothian Labour’s candidate for May’s parliamentary election, added:

“I was proud to co-chair Anas Sarwar’s leadership campaign back in 2017 and am very pleased to back him again this time. He has been clear that, as we continue to struggle with the impact of the pandemic, now is not the time for the division and chaos that another referendum on breaking up the UK would bring.

“Anas wants the next Parliament to focus on recovering from the pandemic and bringing people and communities together rather than dividing them. That is a message that will be at the heart of my local campaign here in weeks and months ahead.”

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