Helen McFarlane reselected in Airdrie and Shotts

Helen McFarlane has been reselected as Labour’s candidate for the Westminster constituency of Airdrie and Shotts.

McFarlane, who stood as the candidate in the 2017 General Election, cut the SNP’s majority from 8779 to a mere 195 votes, on a 9.7 per cent swing. She is a Unite activist, and an NHS worker, a theme she put at the centre of her campaign, stating:

“I’ve been working in the NHS for over 30 years now. I know more than most the importance of the health service. We don’t know when the next election is going to be, but I am ready.”

McFarlane was backed by the Communication Workers Union, Campaign for Socialism, Unite, and Unison.

After her victory, McFarlane thanked her supporters:

“Absolutely buzzing after tonight, a huge huge thank you to all the members in Airdrie and shotts for putting your faith in me as the next PPC, with your support we can now go onwards to winning Airdrie and Shotts back to Labour!”

Her principal opponent was Emma Busby, a constituency worker for Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray.

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