A former MSP has become Labour’s candidate for Falkirk to fight the 2015 general election.
Karen Whitefield was chosen by members of the Falkirk Labour Party yesterday after months of uncertainty following allegations of vote rigging which forced the selection process to be abandoned.
Ms Whitefield beat off the other all-female contenders, Pam Duncan and Monica Lennon, to run for the seat which is currently held by Eric Joyce – now an independent MP – after he resigned from Labour when he was convicted of assault.
Following her selection Ms Whitefield said: “I am delighted that Labour members in Falkirk have put their faith in me to fight this vital election.
“We have a hard battle ahead in winning back the trust of the people of Falkirk and it is an opportunity we do not take for granted. I am determined that we will do it by fighting on the issues that matter to these communities.”
The selection has been shrouded in controversy since it was claimed that the Unite union signed up members without their knowledge in a bid to have their preferred candidate Karie Murphy nominated.
The issue has also been closely linked to the turmoil at the Ineos plant in Grangemouth where former chairman of the Falkirk Labour Constituency Party Stevie Deans worked.
He was investigated by his employer which led to industrial action from Unite members.