Lesley Hinds bid to be MSP as Chisholm steps down

Lesley Hinds. Picture: Comp

Lesley Hinds. Picture: Comp

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CITY transport convener Lesley Hinds has been chosen to replace Malcolm Chisholm as Labour’s candidate in Edinburgh Northern and Leith at the next Holyrood elections after he announced he was standing down.

Mr Chisholm, 65, said representing his constituents had been a privilege but he wanted to spend more time with his family. He said: “I have served as the MP and then MSP for our area for over 20 years, and we’ve seen huge progress in that time but there is still a great deal more to do.

“I can think of nobody who is better placed than Lesley Hinds to campaign on the issues that matter to local people and hopefully to represent the constituency in the Scottish Parliament in due course.”

Councillor Hinds, who is a former Lord Provost and currently represents the Inverleith ward, said she was honoured to have been selected.

“Leith and the north of Edinburgh needs a powerful voice in the Scottish Parliament, fighting for the things that really matter to people here. If elected, I will campaign tirelessly for better housing, more childcare, and jobs, jobs, jobs – because that is what we need and, if we work together, we can make them happen. Malcolm Chisholm has been an outstanding public servant for our area.”