Scottish Labour has taken the decision to dismiss a general election aspirant accused of prejudiced tweets, significantly impacting the political landscape in Glasgow.

Wilma Brown, initially assigned to be the standing candidate in Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy, had reportedly sent offensive tweets involving the First Minister, leading to her dismissal.

Medical Aid for Palestinians’ CEO, Melanie Ward, has been selected as the replacement candidate. Ward’s alignment with Scottish Labour extends back through many years, and notably, she has been identified in Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the realm of global health.

Brown’s dismissal ensued after tweets from an account allegedly belonging to the trade union activist surfaced last month.

Among the alleged tweets were assertions associating Glasgow’s First Minister with Gaza in a derogatory manner, as well as one expressing racial bias towards an Indian man. The statements were labelled as deeply offensive and racists prompting Brown’s suspension. An inquiry was subsequently launched, resulting in Brown bowing out of her candidacy.

Undeniably, Scottish Labour’s decision to choose Brown as the initial candidate struck a chord in Glasgow’s political sphere, given her post as chair of Unison Scotland’s health committee. Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy is a significant goal for Labour in the forthcoming general election due to the preceding successes of Brown campaigning alongside Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer there.

The existing position is filled by Alba MP Neale Hanvey, who switched camps from SNP and scored a respectable victory, leading his Labor’s rival Lesley Laird by 1,243 votes in the 2019 elections.

Informing about the recent developments, a Scottish Labour spokesperson proclaimed Melanie Ward’s acceptance as their candidate for the general election for Cowdenbeath and reports the spokesperson as praising Ward’s established record of campaigning against injustice and her role in advocacy for change in political and charitable sectors. The spokesperson further added their anticipation for forthcoming elections where Scottish Labour aims to accommodate the much-needed change in Scotland.