Nicola Sturgeon compelled to make U-turn over ‘ludicrous’ resolution to vary electoral guidelines | Politics | Information
James Dornan, who represents Glasgow Cathcart, introduced in February he wouldn’t be standing for re-election within the 2021 Holyrood contest, however modified his thoughts in July. The MSP was elected in 2011 and was appointed as an SNP deputy whip in 2015.
Nonetheless, Categorical.co.uk learnt that the occasion’s ruling nationwide govt committee (NEC) determined at a gathering on Thursday to use an all-women shortlists rule to the Cathcart seat which was resulting from Mr Dornan’s comparatively late shift in place.
All-women shortlists might be mandated by the occasion in any seat the place the incumbent SNP MSP is standing down, this web site understands.
Nonetheless, talking right this moment, Mr Dornan mentioned the occasion’s Nationwide Secretary has mentioned an all-women shortlist is not going to apply in his constituency because it was “deemed unconstitutional”.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Dornan, mentioned: “I do know many will already remember however right this moment I have been knowledgeable that the choice made by NEC to make Glasgow Cathcart an all ladies shortlist has now been rescinded by the Nationwide Secretary because it was deemed unconstitutional.”
He added: “Clearly I am delighted and wish to thank the occasion for coping with this ludicrous resolution with such velocity and effectivity.
“I can now focus on trying ahead to placing myself ahead for choice and can fortunately contest the choice towards any and all challengers.”
Earlier than the change, Mr Dornan mentioned he could be “difficult what I think about to be a choice primarily based on a false premise”.
He added when the unique resolution was made: “I think about myself to be one of the best candidate for this constituency that I reside in and grew up on.
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Angus Robertson, who was deputy chief of the occasion till 2018, having misplaced his seat within the Commons on the 2017 normal election, additionally plans to face within the constituency and attracts important help from many SNP members.
Mr Biagi stood down from Holyrood for well being causes however mentioned he has been persuaded to face once more.
Saying his resolution, Mr Biagi, mentioned: “Edinburgh Central SNP wants a candidate who can deliver members collectively; one who is aware of the constituency and its points inside-out.
“Above all, we deserve a alternative. Activists have been asking me to face once more for the seat I used to symbolize. I’ve now agreed to place my title ahead.”