Edinburgh Southern MSP Daniel Johnson tops Labour's Lothian list for May elections

Daniel Johnson celebrates winning Edinburgh Southern in 2016Daniel Johnson celebrates winning Edinburgh Southern in 2016
Daniel Johnson celebrates winning Edinburgh Southern in 2016
Edinburgh Southern MSP Daniel Johnson has won the top slot on Labour’s Lothian list for the Holyrood elections in May.

A ballot of party members across the region placed Mr Johnson number one in the rankings, followed by his MSP colleague Sarah Boyack at number two.

The list is “zipped” with alternating male and female candidates as part of the party’s measures to promote gender balance.

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Foysol Choudhury, chair of Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council, takes the third slot, with Edinburgh Central candidate Maddy Kirkman fourth, former London councillor Nick Ward fifth, followed by Kirsteen Sullivan, depute leader of West Lothian Council, party activist Frederick Hessler and Midlothian councillor Stevie Curran.

Labour currently has three MSPs in Lothian – Mr Johnson in Edinburgh Southern and two list MSPs, Ms Boyack and Neil Findlay, who is standing down.

The full list:

1 Daniel Johnson

2 Sarah Boyack

3 Foysol Choudhury

4 Maddy Kirkman

5 Nick Ward

6 Kirsteen Sullivan

7 Frederick Hessler

8 Stephen Curran

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