Ricky Henderson chosen to fight Darling seat

Ricky Henderson.  Pic: Jane Barlow
Ricky Henderson. Pic: Jane Barlow
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LONG-SERVING city councillor Ricky Henderson was today chosen as the Labour candidate to stand in Alistair Darling’s seat at the general election.

He beat fellow councillor Norma Austin Hart and former Treasury civil servant Angus Armstrong to win the party’s nomination for Edinburgh South West.

Cllr Henderson is convener of the city’s health, social care and housing committee.

He has been a councillor in the area for the past 15 years – representing first the Parkhead ward and now the multi-member Pentland Hills ward. He also stood for Labour in the equivalent Holyrood constituency, Edinburgh Pentlands, at the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.

Mr Darling announced in November he would stand down as an MP after 27 years in the Commons. He had a majority of 8447 at the last election in 2010.