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MSP Monica Lennon has announced her plans to stand for the new position of the Scottish Labour Party.

Monica and colleague Anas Sarwar face a leadership contest after Richard Leonard stood down. On Sunday evening, Ms Lennon wrote, “Following extensive discussions with party members, I have decided to put my name forward to lead the Scottish Labour Party.”

Born and bred in Blantyre, Monica is a former pupil of St Blane’s Primary, St John Ogilvie High School and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. She was elected as MSP for Central Scotland in 2016 and voted ‘New MSP of the Year’ for 2017/2018.

She recently successfully campaigned for institutions to provide free menstrual hygiene products, to tackle period poverty, an accomplishment which made National Headlines. In December 2020 she was named by Vogue as one of the top 12 woman leaders who changed the world in 2020.

The leadership contest will open officially on Tuesday, February 9, and run till Friday, February 26, with the winner announced at a special online event on Saturday, February 27.

The question remains, will this Blantyre lassie become Scottish Labour’s new leader.

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