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Labour selects East Lothian election candidate

Fiona O'Donnell
East Lothian members selected Fiona O'Donnell as their candidate

Labour has selected its election candidate to stand in East Lothian, following a bitter selection row.

Anne Moffat, elected MP for the seat in 2001, was deselected after local activists accused her of incompetence.

On Monday night, East Lothian members selected Fiona O'Donnell as their candidate, on the eve of the start of the election campaign.

The 50-year-old mother-of-four was previously a campaign specialist with the Labour Party based in the Lothians.

She also worked in the voluntary sector with children with emotional and behavioural problems and adults with mental health problems.

Ms Moffat had been locked in a bitter dispute with local party members, claiming she suffered intimidation and persecution.

She lost the battle when Labour's national executive endorsed a decision by the East Lothian constituency Labour party to de-select her.



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