Former Better Together director to stand as MP

The former campaign director of Better Together has been revealed as one of Scottish Labour's General Election candidates.

Blair McDougall, a key figure on the pro-union side during the 2014 independence referendum, will stand in East Renfrewshire.

The seat is currently held by the SNP's Kirsten Oswald after she ousted former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy in 2015.

The party has also selected former MSP Cara Hilton to contest the Dunfermline and West Fife seat.

Ms Hilton lost her Holyrood seat last year to the SNP's Shirley Anne Somerville.

Former Scottish Parliament candidate Paul Sweeney will stand in Glasgow North East while Labour National Executive Committee member Rhea Wolfson has been chosen as candidate for Livingston.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: ``These candidates show that we are fighting hard across Scotland to boot the Tories out of office and deliver a Labour government on the side of working people.

"Applications flooded in from across the country to stand in this election, such is the determination of members to elect a Labour government for the many, not the few.

"Labour will run a positive campaign that rejects the divisiveness of the Tories and their plans for a hard Brexit, and the divisiveness of the SNP's plans for a second independence referendum.

"In many areas across Scotland, it's a two-horse race between Labour and the SNP.

"On June 8 people can vote for an SNP candidate who will campaign every day for another divisive referendum or they can back the Labour candidate who will be a local champion for their constituents.''

The party said the full list of its candidates will be released in due course.

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