A SECOND political party leader has visited East Lothian ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday.

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar visited Dunbar on Tuesday afternoon and gave his backing to the party’s candidate for the county, Martin Whitfield.

The former East Lothian MP and Mr Sarwar were joined by the outgoing MSP for East Lothian, Iain Gray, as well as councillors Norman Hampshire, of the Dunbar and East Linton ward, and Shamin Akhtar, who represents the Haddington and Lammermuir ward on East Lothian Council.

The politicians were at DunBear Park, to the rear of the town’s Asda store, which is at the heart of plans for a massive development.

Mr Whitfield will be up against Conservative candidate Craig Hoy, who represents the Haddington and Lammermuir ward; the SNP’s Paul McLennan, who represents the Dunbar and East Linton ward; and Euan Davidson, of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, in the polls on Thursday.

Mr Sarwar’s visit comes just a week after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited North Berwick.

The SNP leader was also in Prestonpans on Tuesday.