LOTHIAN MSP Neil Findlay today joined the race for the Scottish Labour leadership.
The shadow health secretary, seen as firmly on the left of the party, said he had wanted Gordon Brown to stand, but since the former Prime Minister had ruled himself out, he believed there was a need for a wide-ranging debate on the way forward.
His announcement comes the day after fellow Lothian MSP Sarah Boyack declared her candidacy for the post.
Mr Findlay said: “I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from people from within the Labour party and across the wider Labour movement all urging me to stand.
“It is no secret that I wanted Gordon Brown to run but since Gordon has ruled himself out I now believe we need to have a wide ranging debate about the way forward for the Labour party but more importantly the country.
“I want to bring the Labour party together to work for progressive change and create a fairer, more equal and prosperous Scotland.
“If elected Labour leader I will put the issue of social justice at heart of everything we do – this is the historic mission of the Scottish Labour party but it also has to be about what we deliver for the Scottish people in this post referendum period.”