MSP Monica Lennon joins Anas Sarwar in race to lead Scottish Labour

Bid by successful campaigner for free period products prevents ‘coronation’ of sole other candidate

Monica Lennon, the MSP who led the successful campaign for Scotland to become the first country to provide free, universal access to period products, has announced her aim to be the next leader of Scottish Labour, challenging Anas Sarwar for the position.

Confirming her intention to replace Richard Leonard, who resigned last Thursday, just hours before the midnight deadline for potential candidates, Lennon, who is currently her party’s health spokesperson, requires support from at least four of the party’s MSPs or its sole Scottish MP by midday on Tuesday to be formally nominated.

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