Katy Clark, a Labour peer and former MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, has been selected as Labour’s MSP candidate for Cunninghame North against Johanna Baxter in a victory for the party’s left.
Clark won the selection race with 38 votes against 31 for Baxter, a member of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) and Scottish executive committee (SEC) and chair of the Cunninghame North local party.
Baxter had fought the seat for Labour last time in the Scottish parliamentary election in 2016. LabourList sources say the result of the fresh candidate selection contest was split along factional lines.
Commenting on her win, Clark told LabourList: “I am delighted to have been selected as Labour’s candidate for Cunninghame North. Now more than ever Labour needs a positive vision for Scotland.
“And Cunninghame North needs a MSP who will fight for jobs, investment and the eradication of poverty. I am really looking forward to the campaign.”