Labour hopes a tried, tested and successful politician in Holyrood will easily translate to Westminster as this week they selected their Western Isles candidate for the General Election.
Former MSP Alasdair Morrison was chosen as the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate following a count of members’ votes on Saturday and has now been announced by the Western Isles Constituency Labour Party.
Mr Morrison sat in the Scottish Parliament from 1999 until 2007.
This time he is standing for the Westminster election being held in May when he hopes to oust the SNP’s Angus Macneil as the Western Isles’ MP.
Talking about the selection the Western Isles Constituency Labour Party chairman Matt Bruce said: “The Labour Party’s selection process started the week after the referendum and five candidates put their names forward. Alasdair emerged as the winner in that process and now all in the party will support him right up to election day.
“We know Alasdair will be an excellent candidate and that he will work hard and give the electorate of the Western Isles an opportunity to send someone to Westminster who’ll put their needs before any other consideration.”
Alasdair Morrison added: It’s a privilege that brings great responsibility. I look forward to engaging with people and communities across the islands.
“For far too long our pressing island priorities have been neglected. Next May, we’ll all have an opportunity to change these circumstances.”