THE head of a pro-Union pressure group is plotting a return to frontline politics by launching a bid to become a Labour candidate in Scotland in the next General Election.

Pamela Nash, the chief executive of Scotland in Union, has announced she has applied to be a candidate in the “twinned selection” for the seats of Airdrie and Shotts and Motherwell and Wishaw.

Nash represented Airdrie and Shotts in Westminster from 2010 to 2015 and worked for then shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy.

She said: “I have applied to be a Labour candidate at the next general election, in the twinned selection for Airdrie and Shotts, and Motherwell and Wishaw constituencies.

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“I am ready to win here and be the local champion that we need and deserve, and to deliver a Labour Government.”

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Nash lost her seat to Neil Gray in the 2015 General Election, which saw an SNP landslide in Scotland.

She attempted to run again for the seat in 2021, when Gray left Westminster to contest that year’s Holyrood election, but was defeated by Kenneth Stevenson. Stevenson lost the contest to the SNP’s Anum Qaisar.

Nash now runs the Scotland in Union campaign group which was set up in the wake of the first independence referendum to make the case for the Union.