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.”