Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, led the field as she went through to the next round in the contest to become the next deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party.  Pauline McNeill MSP and Councillor Matt Kerr are also through.

Baillie came first in the number of nominations received from elected councillors, MSPs and MPs. She gained a total of 60 nominations; 48 came from councillors, 11 from her fellow MSPs and one from Scottish Labour’s sole MP, Ian Murray. 

For any of the candidates to appear on the final ballot paper they must now receive nominations from 5% of Scottish Labour’s constituency Labour parties or 3 affiliated organisations. They have until 14th February to achieve these nominations and the membership and affiliates supporters will vote from 21st February until 2nd April. 

Jackie Baillie said: 

“I am delighted to see so many of my Scottish Labour colleagues putting their faith in me to become the next deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party and I thank them for their support.

Over the next few weeks, I will be travelling the length and breadth of the country, listening to the views of members and supporters. For Scottish Labour to win again, we must first understand the reasons for our losses. 

I have seen, first hand, the positive change that Scottish Labour can make to individuals, communities and our country, when we are in power. I look forward to working alongside members in the fight to rebuild our Party and regain the trust of Scots everywhere.”