Neil Findlay Backs Lesley Laird For Deputy
Neil Findlay MSP, the shadow brexit secretary and head of party campaigns, has backed Lesley Laird MP in her bid to continue as Scottish Labour deputy leader.
Laird has received a string of endorsements since she announced her candidacy in the Red Robin yesterday, including from Gordon Brown, former minister Brian Wilson, and the respective campaign chiefs of Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar's leadership campaigns.
In a exclusive statement this evening, Neil Findlay said:
"Scottish Labour needs a strong leadership team building for the future that can give direction to the politics of For the Many, Not the Few that revitalised our voters last year.
Richard Leonard is doing a brilliant job at carrying a new message to Scotland and now is the time to elect a Deputy Leader who can complement that work and push forward with their own contributions.
For me, that makes Lesley Laird the clear choice.
I have worked closely with Lesley on Scottish Labour’s approach to Brexit and I have been impressed with the speed at which she has picked up the brief and excelled, having only been elected last year.
As we know, Brexit is offering up some of the most complex and difficult questions we have faced in a long time. Having fought the Labour corner on this heated issue Lesley is well placed to bring Labour together in the future.
As we all know, Labour works best when it is united, and Lesley Laird offers a clear appeal across the party that says to our opponents we are getting on with business and representing the people of Scotland.
As a constructive personality in Jeremy Corbyn’s cabinet, and a considered champion of the Scottish cause – I can say with no hesitation that Lesley Laird should be our next Scottish Labour Deputy Leader."