Ac­tivist to stand for SNP in Ruther­glen

By-elec­tion latest

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A La­nark­shire ac­tivist will stand for the SNP in the Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North by-elec­tion.

David Innes, who is or­gan­iser of the party’s Dalserf branch, will be charged with win­ning the seat for the cur­rent rul­ing group at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Former coun­cil­lor Gor­don Clark had been ex­pected to run, and ac­tu­ally ini­tially won the nom­i­na­tion, but a change in his per­sonal cir­cum­stances has forced him to take a step back.

Mr Innes, 33, is a fa­ther of two who works as a project man­ager in the School of Health, Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery at the Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land Hamil­ton cam­pus.

He re­cently served as elec­tion agent for Coun­cil­lor Iso­bel Dor­man who was re-elected in May’s elec­tions in the Avon­dale and Stone­house Ward.

His main ar­eas of in­ter­est are en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and the qual­ity of so­cial care pro­vi­sion par­tic­u­larly for peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia.

On his nom­i­na­tion, Mr Innes said: “I am de­lighted to have been cho­sen by our mem­bers in Ruther­glen to con­test this cru­cial by-elec­tion.

“If elected I pledge to work closely with (Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North SNP coun­cil­lor) Ja­nine Ca­likes and the rest of our coun­cil­lors to help de­liver on our agenda for pos­i­tive change for peo­ple in Ruther­glen across the whole of South La­nark­shire.”

Mr Innes’s nom­i­na­tion means all five main par­ties have now con­firmed their choice.

Martin Len­non, who lost in Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North in May, will de­fend the seat for Labour.

Tay­lor Muir will stand for the Con­ser­va­tives, while Ellen Bryson is the can­di­date for the Lib­eral Democrats.

Brian Fin­lay is stand­ing for the Scot­tish Green Party.

Can­di­date David Innes is stand­ing for the SNP in the Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North ward

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