Scottish Labour is set for its biggest regional list selection ever, with 106 candidates shortlisted to be chosen by members in January.
Following Kezia Dugdale’s commitment to a 50:50 Parliament earlier in the year, the group of potential candidates takes Scottish Labour a step closer to ensuring that at least 50% of new candidates for next year’s Holyrood elections will be women.
Speaking as the shortlists for every region were revealed, Kezia Dugdale said:
“This is one of the most diverse shortlists of candidates that Scottish Labour has ever offered. At least half of our new Holyrood candidates next year will be women – and this shortlist takes us a step closer to a 50:50 Parliament. Our Parliament should look like the communities we seek to serve, and we will lead the way in making sure that women across Scotland have a voice.
We want candidates next year who reflect modern Scotland and demonstrate to people that the Scottish Labour Party offers not just new faces, but new ideas to take our country forward. These candidates are drawn from every walk of life and many professions – charity workers, campaigners, lawyers, business people, office workers, creatives and trade unionists can all be found on this list.
I’m really proud of the candidates we are putting forward and I hope this process energises and engages party members across the country.”
Members will vote throughout January, with an announcement of the order of each regional list made in early February. Lists will be ‘zipped’ to ensure gender parity with subsequent list positions alternating between men and women.
Ballots open on Monday 4th January and close on Monday 1st February. Results will be announced on the weekend of 5th-7th February.
List of Shortlisted Candidates
Liz Ann Handibode
Highlands and Islands
(First position: Kezia Dugdale)
Otis Manasseh Ortesheh
Mid Scotland and Fife
(First position: Alex Rowley)
North East Scotland