LABOUR have announced Johanna Baxter as their Scottish Parliament candidate for Kilmacolm.

Ms Baxter, who holds a senior role with Unison, has been selected to fight the Renfrewshire North and West seat in May's Holyrood election

The seat is currently held by disgraced former Scottish Government minister Derek Mackay, who had to stand down from the cabinet over a year ago after it was revealed he'd bombarded a teenage boy with inappropriate messages.

He subsequently held on as an MSP despite public criticism.

A spokesman for Renfrewshire North and West Labour said: "Constituents of Renfrewshire North and West have been badly let down by Derek Mackay and the SNP.

"At a time of national crises, when many constituents have been facing bereavements, job losses and heightened concerns for their families and their future, it is simply unforgivable for any representative to be missing in action.

"Johanna Baxter will be an antidote to the blasé attitude of the current ruling party – a hard worker who brings with her a wealth of experience of fighting for workers across Scotland and against injustice."