Local MSP Elaine Murray has been re-selected as the Scottish Labour candidate to stand in her Dumfriesshire constituency in next year's Scottish Parliamentary elections.
Local party members and affiliate organisations overwhelmingly gave their support to Elaine at a selection meeting in Lockerbie on Sunday 4th October.
Elaine will be defending her 3,170 majority, the largest Scottish Labour majority at the 2011 election.
Prior to the creation of the Dumfriesshire constituency in 2011, Elaine represented the Dumfries constituency since the first Scottish Parliamentary elections in 1999, increasing her percentage share of the vote in both the 2003 and the 2007 elections.
Elaine is currently the Shadow Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, and has a breadth of parliamentary knowledge as a result of holding a number of posts including Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Enterprise spokesperson and Shadow Minister for the Environment.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
"I'm absolutely delighted and proud to have been re-selected by local party members and affiliated organisations in Dumfriesshire to fight this seat for Scottish Labour and for local people next year. This community means so much to me - that's why I'll be campaigning for real change and offering up alternatives to damaging UK and Scottish Government cuts and neglect.
"I've never had an easy election ride in this area, and fellow party members and I are fully geared up for what we know will be a particularly heated contest next year. However I'm confident that our campaign for true local policing, for increased patient and staff support in our NHS, for an education system that works for all, and for an end to centralisation will win through."
Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale added:
"I've had the privilege of working with Elaine since I was first elected to Parliament. Her passion to make our country a fairer place to live is remarkable and her dedication to her constituents in Dumfriesshire is unmatched.
"Dumfriesshire needs someone like Elaine who will stand up for working families, someone whose focus is on closing the gap between the richest and the rest. We want to live in a country where a young person's ability to get on in life is determined by their potential, work rate and ambition, not how much money their parents have. That's what Elaine and I will be fighting for in the months and years ahead.
"I look forward to campaigning with Elaine in the run-up to next year's Holyrood election."