President of COSLA and Leader of Labour Group Back Laird For Deputy
Lesley Laird MP has been endorsed in standing for the Deputy Leadership of the Scottish Labour Party by the President of Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the leader of the Scottish Labour COSLA group.
Cllr Alison Evison, president of COSLA, and secretary of the COSLA Labour Group and founder member of the Scottish Association of Labour Councillors along with Cllr David Ross, Labour Co-Leader of Fife Council and Leader of the Cosla Labour Group, have both given Laird their full backing in seeking the post of Deputy Leader.
In a joint statement they said, “Lesley Laird is exactly the person we need right now as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Not only is Lesley held in high regard across all strands within the Scottish Labour Party and beyond, but most importantly she will provide just the kind of support Richard Leonard needs, bringing complementary skills to add to his leadership, as we build the Party towards returning Labour governments in both Holyrood and Westminster.
“Lesley has proved herself in local government in Scotland and building on that foundation has brought fresh thinking and a talent for organisation and communication to her role as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.
“Lesley is energetic and extremely competent. She is known as someone who builds effective teams and gets things done and will be a great asset to the Scottish Labour Party as Deputy Leader.”