Head to head for Kirkcaldy Labour ticket

Kenny Selbie
Kenny Selbie

The search for a Labour candidate to defend Gordon Brown’s Westminster will be a two-horse race.

The shortlist to stand in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency is a straight head to head between local councillor Kenny Selbie and the party’s former campaign organiser Michael Marra.

Nominations to stand closed on Tuesday night.

Mr Marra (35), has worked for the Labour Party for 20 years in various roles, including as a senior political advisor.

He was director of the Dundee University led 5 Million Questions information programme in the lead-up to the Scottish Referendum and head of strategic planning with Better Together.

Mr Marra (pictured), who hails from Dundee put his name forward for selection following last month’s announcement by Mr Brown that he would stand down. He has been shortlisted alongside Fife Councillor Kenny Selbie.

A spokesman for Scottish Labour said: “People in the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency have two strong candidates to choose from.”