Labour selection row: Linda Gow misses place on Falkirk candidate shortlist

Councillor Linda Gow raised concerns about the Labour selection process in Falkirk
Councillor Linda Gow raised concerns about the Labour selection process in Falkirk
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A former leader of Falkirk Council has failed to make the shortlist to be Labour’s candidate for the next Westminster election.

Councillor Linda Gow - who first alerted the party to allegations of vote-rigging in the local selection process - learned she had not been successful following an interview process on Tuesday run by senior party officials.

An internal party inquiry - which has still never been made public - cleared trade union Unite and its members of any wrongdoing over the claims.

The three who have made the shortlist and who will appear at a hustings before local party members in the Cladhan Hotel, Falkirk, on Sunday, December 8, are: Monica Lennon, who works for shadow energy minister Tom Greatrex; former Airdrie and Shotts MSP Karen Whitefield; and Pam Duncan, a policy officer for a disabled people’s charity Inclusion Scotland.

Last night, Mrs Gow told The Falkirk Herald: “I am disappointed that I didn’t get the opportunity to stand before local members for selection. However, I would like to thank those members who have expressed support for me and I wish the three very high-calibre candidates the very best.”