Scotland politics

Scottish Labour chooses candidates for European election

Scottish Labour has chosen its two sitting members of the European parliament to head its list of candidates for next year's election.

David Martin secured the top position in the selection ballot, with Catherine Stihler coming second.

The other candidates representing Labour will be Derek Munn, Katrina Murray, Asim Khan and Kirsty O'Brien.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont described the candidates as a "strong team".

'Strong voice'

In the 2009 European elections, the SNP secured the largest share of the vote in Scotland with 29.1% followed by Labour (20.8%), Conservatives (16.8%), Liberal Democrats (11.5%), Greens (7.3%) and UKIP (5.2%).

The SNP and Labour each won two seats, with the Tories and Liberal Democrats each securing one.

Following the publication of the candidate list, Ms Lamont said: "I'm proud that we are leading the way in ensuring equal numbers of men and women on the list of candidates.

"Our team will fight hard for every vote and ensure that Scotland has a strong voice within the European Parliament."

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