Meet Labour’s elec­tion team

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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.

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