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Campaign launched to reinstate Labour candidate Hollie Cameron

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to see a Labour candidate reinstated after the party stopped backing her over her views on a second Scottish independence vote. 

Hollie Cameron, who was selected by Labour members in Glasgow Kelvin constituency in May’s Holyrood election, was informed she had been dropped by the party over comments made about a potential second independence referendum in the Sunday National. 

A panel of Scottish executive committee (SEC) members claimed that they were not satisfied Ms Cameron would follow the party whip if elected, after she told the newspaper that she “respects the right” to have a second referendum on independence, her only “quibble” was on timing.

New party leader Anas Sarwar has repeatedly voiced his opposition to another referendum.

A party spokesperson added: “The SEC panel has therefore withdrawn their endorsement of her candidacy, meaning that she is ineligible to be a Scottish Labour candidate.”

The party said it will move “promptly” to find another candidate ahead of the election, who the Star understands will be selected by party officials, not local members. 

Ms Cameron said that she was humbled by the support shown for her and her candidacy, reiterating that her position on a second referendum has been clear and long-held.

A campaign to have Ms Cameron reinstated was launched today and gained the backing of prominent members, including former leader Richard Leonard and MSP Neil Findlay. 

In the statement, local members said that the decision was a “further attack” on constituency parties’ “democratic right to decide its candidate.”

The Campaign for Socialism said: “At a time when all political parties are struggling to find young women to step forward, the way forward is to reinstate Ms Cameron’s candidacy.”

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