Meet Labour’s election team
David McBride Dumbarton ward
David, who has been a councillor in the Dumbarton ward for the last 10 years, stays in the town with his two grown up children.
He works for the Department for Work and Pensions as an Executive Officer and is also a Public and Commercial Services union branch secretary for Forth Valley and Dunbartonshire.
Having been re-elected in 2012, he was then appointed the council’s housing spokesman. David has since been involved in improving the council’s housing and communities portfolio.
David said: “As a Labour councillor I have always campaigned for fairness and for every community to live peacefully and securely without the fear of crime and antisocial behaviour.
“I want to improve our communities and to secure the best funding deal from the Scottish Government so we can build more homes for local people.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to stand again to represent Dumbarton and promise to continue to work hard for our town and improve the area we live.”
Hazel Sorrell Lomond ward
Hazel has lived in Haldane for almost 50 years and has two grown up children.
She was elected to represent the Lomond ward in 2012 having worked at the Haldane Leisure Barn, Haldane Co-op and the Vale of Leven Swimming Pool as a lifeguard.
Hazel has served on various council committees including education and housing and she is a member of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Board as well as the National Park planning committee.
She said: “This is my first term as a councillor and I am pleased at how much my ward has changed over such a short time with new houses, new schools, road improvements, play facilities and sport facilities.
“It’s been a great honour to represent the Lomond ward and I want to continue to help others through these difficult times and to improve our communities.
“I also want services to be improved without putting burdens on families.
“The residents in Lomond ward need a councillor who knows and understands the day-to-day issues and concerns of local people.”
Liz Ruine Dumbarton ward
Liz Ruine has been a community campaigner in the west of Dumbarton for over 30 years.
Living in Castlehill with her family, she is currently volunteer manager of Dumbarton West Out Of School Care. She also served as chair of Cube Housing Association from 2011 until 2016 and helped deliver the Strategic Housing Partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.
Liz, who is standing in the Dumbarton ward, is passionate about making a difference in her local community and she is an active member of Havoc Community Development Trust and Castlehill and Westcliff Action Group.
She said: “I love being involved in the community. I like working for the community.
“My involvement in local organisations in Castlehill and Westcliff has given me the experience, knowledge and confidence to put myself forward to stand up for Dumbarton.
“I know how important it is to involve our communities in our decision-making whether its tenants and residents, business or customers, managers or staff, we need to work together to get the best outcomes and ensure that everyone is involved.”
Michelle McGinty Leven ward
Michelle McGinty was elected to the Leven ward at the last council elections in 2012.
The mother-of-six who is married to Charles is West Dunbartonshire Council’s education spokeswoman and has been heavily involved in the programme to regenerate the schools estate. As she prepares to stand for re-election in the Leven ward, Michelle said: “It has been a great privilege to serve as a Labour councillor in the Leven ward over the past five years. “It’s been an exciting time with new housing, new schools, new nurseries and new play and sports facilities being built. This is the biggest ward in West Dunbartonshire, covering Renton, Alexandria, Dalmonach, Bonhill and Bellsmyre and this time around it has been extended further with the inclusion of Lomondgate in Dumbarton. “This is a huge challenge but I know that I am up to that challenge. I will speak up on behalf of local residents and to fight for improvements on their behalf.”
John Millar Leven ward
John was elected to the Leven Ward in 2007 and re-elected in 2012.
As well as taking on the role of Deputy Provost over the past five years, he has also served on a number of council committees.
John is married to Elaine, a welfare rights officer, and they have two grown up children.
He works for the Ministry of Defence and is a Public and Commercial Services Union shop steward at Faslane.
John said: “It’s been the greatest honour of my life to serve as Deputy Provost but my main focus as a councillor has always been on my ward.
“I’ve fought to improve the area with new play facilities, improved roads and paths. These are the things that matter and I have helped hundreds of people over the past few years and worked closely with community groups.
“My main aim is to ensure that the council delivers the best possible services to my constituents and it is my job as a local councillor to highlight issues and get the experts involved so that something gets done.”
Martin Rooney Lomond ward
Martin Rooney, who was first elected in 2003, has served as West Dunbartonshire Council leader since 2012.
He has chaired the West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership and the council’s recruitment committee. Martin, who has an honours degree in social policy, is also a member of the Glasgow and Clyde City Deal cabinet and of Strathleven Regeneration Company.
He has worked for the Ministry of Defence since 1993 and previously served for 15 years in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards where he saw active service in the first Gulf War.
Martin said: “It’s been an honour to be given the opportunity to stand for election again in the Lomond ward.
“The last five years have been exciting and despite difficult economic circumstances we have put funding in place to help grow our economy supporting jobs and business growth.
“We are attracting external investment to our area such as £40million from Chivas to almost double their workforce and £30million planned for tourism in Balloch providing year round jobs.
“There is still more to do and I will ensure that the best interests of our communities are at the forefront of everything I do.”
Candidates West Dunbartonshire Council Labour candidates for local council elections 2017. Left to right Councillor David McBride, Liz Ruine, Councillor Hazel Sorrell, Councillor Martin Rooney, Councillor Michelle McGinty and Councillor John Millar. The Labour candidates for May’s local authority elections have been revealed.
Six members will be put forward for the Dumbarton constituency ofWest Dunbartonshire Council with community campaigner Liz Ruine standing for the Labour Party for the first time.
HoweverTommy Rainey, who has represented the Dumbarton ward since 2012, is retiring.
The Labour Party returned the largest number of councillors at the last election and formed the administration ofWest Dunbartonshire Council which has been ruling for the last five years, taking over the reigns from the Scottish National Party.