GMB Scotland Organiser Selected By Airdrie & Shotts Labour Party As Candidate For Scottish Parliament Election In May 2016
People need a strong Labour Party to fight for equality and justice and to bring about real change says candidate Richard Leonard.
Richard Leonard Regional Officer GMB Scotland has been selected by Airdrie and Shotts Labour Party as their candidate to stand for the Scottish Parliament in the election in May 2016. Richard Leonard won the backing of local Party members.
Richard Leonard, speaking last month after the selection meeting at the Gartlea Community Centre, said “It is a great honour to be the Labour Party’s candidate in a constituency so rich in the Party’s history. But I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge. The task we face is not only to take on the SNP electorally, but to win the battle of ideas with nationalism.
We need to re-establish a politics where we stop dividing people on the basis of nationality and start uniting them on the basis of class. People need a strong Labour Party to fight for equality and justice and to bring about real change. That’s why I’ll be aiming to help build up Labour as a vigorous grass roots campaigning party which reflects the lives of ordinary people again.”
Over the years I’ve represented workers at industries locally from Inver House Distillers to the former Organon Laboratory so I consider it a privilege to be Labour’s standard bearer here in next May’s election.”
Kenny Stevenson, Constituency Labour Party Secretary, added “Richard is a well respected figure across the whole Labour Movement. A former chairperson of the Scottish Labour Party and an Assistant Secretary of the Scottish TUC, before he became a GMB union organiser, he is a fighter for working people and an experienced campaigner for justice and equality.
Airdrie and Shotts Labour Party is delighted to have selected a candidate with a proven track record of working with and delivering real and positive change for working people.”
Contact: Richard Leonard on 07703 465447 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB press office 07921 289880