Scottish Labour releases candidates lists ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections
Voting will take place throughout January, with the final rankings on each list announced in February
Scottish Labour has released the candidates for its regional lists ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
Voting will now take place throughout January, with the final rankings on each list announced in February.
In an effort to promote a 50:50 gender split, the list positions will then be changed after voting to ensure it alternates between men and women.
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Leader Kezia Dugdale, who is guaranteed first place on the Lothians list, 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 county 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.
Ballots will open on Monday 4 January and close on Monday 1 February, with results expected on the weekend of 5th-7th February.
Liz Ann Handibode
Highlands and Islands
(First position: Kezia Dugdale)
Otis Manasseh Ortesheh
Mid Scotland and Fife
(First position: Alex Rowley)
North East Scotland
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