Aamer Anwar considers standing for SNP in Glasgow

Aamer Anwar joined SNP in wake of the referendum vote. Picture: John Devlin

Aamer Anwar joined SNP in wake of the referendum vote. Picture: John Devlin

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LEADING human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar could stand in the general election for the SNP against the outgoing deputy leader of Scottish Labour Anas Sarwar, it has been reported.

Mr Anwar, who represented politician Tommy Sheridan in a high-profile perjury trial, is thought to be considering a challenge to Mr Sarwar for his Glasgow Central seat.

Mr Anwar has been a left-wing political activist for decades but was not affiliated to any party until he joined the SNP after the referendum.

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The lawyer is one of more than 60,000 new members to join the SNP since 18 September.

The SNP’s current rules state that candidates must have been a member for at least 12 months before they can contest a seat.

However, delegates at the party conference in Perth last week agreed to “explore options that would allow individuals who were part of the Yes campaign, but who do not satisfy the current membership criteria for candidates, to be considered for inclusion on the approved list of candidates.”

The proposed rule change would allow Mr Anwar to contest a seat.

Mr Sarwar was Labour’s deputy leader for nearly three years before resigning the post, saying he wanted to “hand over the leadership to a new team”.

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