Labour announces full list of 2019 general election candidates in Scotland
Labour has announced its full list of candidates for Scotland in the forthcoming general election.
The party’s seven MPs who took seats in the 2017 general election will all be standing again in the same seats, including Ian Murray, who has been the MP Edinburgh South since 2010, and currently holds the safest seat in Scotland with a majority of 15,514 in 2017.
Among those hoping to take new seats for Labour are MSP and former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont in Glasgow South and in Dunfermline and West Fife former MSP and current Scottish Labour vice-chair Cara Hilton, who represented Dunfermline in the Scottish Parliament from 2013 to 2016.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: “Over the past two weeks, Scottish Labour has made the case for a radical policy programme for real change to transform Scotland’s economy and communities, putting power and resources in the hands of the many.
“We have announced the building of 120,000 new council and social homes – creating at least 50,000 jobs.
“We will create 35,000 new jobs with our £6 billion programme to retrofit homes to the highest energy efficiency standards.
“We also want to increase investment in social care by 25 per cent and establish a Scottish care service, which will bring dignity back to care workers and care users alike.
“We want to eliminate child poverty and increase maternity pay.
“And under Labour, every worker, including young workers, will be paid at least a £10 an hour real living wage.
“This will also be the basis of our minimum student income in Scotland, which will ensure full-time undergraduates and – for the first time ever – further education students receive at least £9,500 each year.
“But all this is under threat from Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, who are saying they would be prepared to vote down a Labour government.
“It is clearer than ever that there is no shortcut to a Labour government through the SNP.
“The only way to ensure Boris Johnson’s Tories are replaced with a transformative Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn is to return Scottish Labour MPs at the general election.”
Full list of Labour candidates:
Aberdeen North: Nurul Hoque Ali
Aberdeen South: Shona Simpson
Airdrie and Shotts: Helen McFarlane
Angus: Monique Miller
Argyll and Bute: Rhea Barnes
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock: Duncan Townson
Banff and Buchan: Brian Balcombe
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk: Ian Davidson
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross: Cheryl McDonald
Central Ayrshire: Louise McPhater
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill: Hugh Gaffney
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East: James McPhilemy
Dumfries and Galloway: Ted Thompson
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale: Nick Chisholm
Dundee East: Rosalind Garton
Dundee West: James Malone
Dunfermline and West Fife: Cara Hilton
East Dunbartonshire: Callum McNally
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow: Monique McAdams
East Lothian: Martin Whitfield
East Renfrewshire: Carolann Davison
Edinburgh East: Sheila Gilmour
Edinburgh North and Leith: Gordon Monro
Edinburgh South: Ian Murray
Edinburgh South West: Sophie Cooke
Edinburgh West: Craig Bolton
Falkirk: Safia Ali
Glasgow Central: Faten Hameed
Glasgow East: Kate Watson
Glasgow North: Pam Duncan-Glancey
Glasgow North East: Paul Sweeney
Glasgow North West: Patricia Ferguson
Glasgow South: Johann Lamont
Glasgow South West: Matt Kerr
Glenrothes: Pat Egan
Gordon: Heather Herbert
Inverclyde: Martin McCluskey
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey: Lewis Whyte
Kilmarnock and Loudoun: Kevin McGregor
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath: Lesley Laird
Lanark and Hamilton East: Andrew Hilland
Linlithgow and Falkirk East: Wendy Milne
Livingston: Caitlin Kane
Midlothian: Danielle Rowley
Moray: Jo Kirby
Motherwell and Wishaw: Angela Feeney
Na h-Eileanan an Iar: Alison MacCorquodale
North Ayrshire and Arran: Cameron Gilmore
North East Fife: Wendy Haynes
Ochil and South Perthshire: Lorna Robertson
Orkney and Shetland: Coilla Drake
Paisley and Renfrewshire North: Alison Taylor
Paisley and Renfrewshire South: Moira Ramage
Perth and North Perthshire: Angela Bretherton
Ross, Skye and Lochaber: John Erskine
Rutherglen and Hamilton West: Ged Killen
Stirling: Mary-Kate Ross
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine: Patrick Coffield
West Dunbartonshire: Jean Anne Mitchell