Scotland politics

Cowdenbeath by-election: Labour select Alex Rowley as candidate

Fife Council leader Alex Rowley has been chosen by Labour to contest the Cowdenbeath by-election, to be held on 23 January 2014.

The upcoming by-election is taking place due to the death of Labour MSP Helen Eadie in November.

She died aged 66, just days after it emerged she was being treated for cancer.

Mr Rowley became the leader of the Fife Council in 2012.

He said he was "delighted" to be chosen, as he paid tribute to Helen Eadie.

Mr Rowley said: "Unfortunately, this by-election is taking place due to the sad loss of Helen Eadie. Helen served our community with tremendous energy and her commitment to Cowdenbeath will inspire me and our party to ensure that we work hard to win this by-election and continue to give Cowdenbeath a strong voice in Holyrood.

"Representing Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Parliament would be a tremendous honour and I hope that over the next few weeks Scottish Labour will put across our clear vision for the constituency, Fife and Scotland."

Other parties are close to naming their by-election candidates.

The Scottish Conservatives expect to announce their candidate on Wednesday, the Scottish National Party will hold their selection meeting on Sunday and the Liberal Democrats expect to announce theirs within the next week.

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