Scottish Labour have revealed the candidates to have made the selection shortlist for the list part of next May’s Holyrood elections. It is the biggest shortlist ever for the party, with 106 vying for the 56 places across the eight regions.
Each region elects seven MSPs, and with Scottish Labour’s current polling, plus the performance in the 205 Westminster elections, it is expected that they will perform badly in the constituency section of Scotland’s Additional Member System, with most MSPs elected via the proportional list system.
Due to reforms introduced by Jim Murphy, current serving MSPs do not automatically get the top spot (ie. most likely to be elected) on each list – only leader Kezia Dugdale and deputy leader Alex Rowley now receive that.
These shortlists will now go to members in each region, who will vote on the order of each list, with the top seven making the cut. However, new reforms also mean that the lists will be ‘zipped’ along gender lines, in an effort to ensure a 50/50 gender split.
The full list of candidates is here:
Liz Ann Handibode
Highlands and Islands
(First position: Kezia Dugdale)
Otis Manasseh Ortesheh
Mid Scotland and Fife
(First position: Alex Rowley)
North East Scotland