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Dundee Labour councillor confirms deputy leader bid

Councillor Michael Marra.
Councillor Michael Marra.

Lochee Labour councillor Michael Marra has confirmed he is running to be the party’s deputy leader.

Mr Marra, who was elected to Dundee City Council in 2017, announced on Tuesday he was seeking nominations to be Scottish Labour depute leader.

If successful, he would be second to MSP Richard Leonard and would take over from former Kirkcaldy MP Lesley Laird, who stepped down after losing her Westminster seat in December’s election.

He said: “With the election process now open, I am seeking the nominations of elected Labour colleagues in Scotland to be the next Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

“I believe it is vital that we have a Councillor on the ballot and a unifying voice in the debate.

“The Scottish Labour Party must develop the policies, renew the politics and nurture the people that we need to get back into the fight for Scotland’s future.

“All Scottish Labour Councillors and parliamentarians can nominate and I would hope colleagues will afford me the chance to put my case by nominating me in the coming days.”

If Mr Marra were to win, he would be the first councillor to serve as deputy leader of Scottish Labour since the formation of the Scottish Parliament.

Labour lost all but one seat at the December election, with Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray running to become the UK Labour deputy leader.

The party won zero seats at the UK election and suffered its worst result in a general election since before the Second World War in December under out-going leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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