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Election / Labour withdraws support for election candidate

Martin Kerr has been confirmed as Cameron Thompson’s replacement

Cameron Thompson.

SCOTTISH Labour has withdrawn its endorsement of its Shetland candidate in the Scottish Parliament election less than three weeks after he was announced for the role.

Cameron Thompson said he would not be going into any details around the decision, although he added it was “not because of remarks about Palestine on social media”.

Twenty three year old Thompson, from the Western Isles, was announced as Labour’s Shetland candidate on 1 March.

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said Martin Kerr had been selected as its new candidate and that he is “committed to standing up for the people of Shetland and will campaign for a National Recovery Plan for Scotland at the election”.

Kerr added: “I am looking forward to working with local party members and speaking to as many people as possible across Shetland. As we come out of the pandemic, we need to focus on a recovery plan for local businesses, for our NHS, to tackle the climate emergency and to support children and young people to catch up having missed out on face to face learning.

“I believe these are the issues people in Shetland care about and they will be my priorities in the campaign.”