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Councillor shortliste­d for award

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A North Lanarkshir­e councillor has been shortliste­d for a local government award.

Education convener Frank Mcnally is among the finalists at the fourth annual Scottish councillor­s’ awards run by the Local Government Informatio­n Unit (LGIU).

He is one of three councillor­s to be shortliste­d in the “champion for education” category at the ceremony, which will be held tonight at Glasgow city chambers and streamed online.

Councillor Mcnally said: “I’m very flattered if not a bit surprised – but it’s a team effort and there’s a fantastic team here in North Lanarkshir­e who go above and beyond and work hard to support young people and families.

“We’ve been driving forward fairly innovative practice in attainment, committing to replace the school estate, advances in early years and in tackling poverty, and ambitious plans to address some of the most challengin­g issues facing people in communitie­s.

“They’re on the ground delivering innovative practice in schools and communitie­s, with projects like [holiday food initiative] Club 365 and delivering 1140 hours for nursery youngsters ahead of schedule; this is recognitio­n of all their efforts in ensuring North Lanarkshir­e is taking really bold and ambitious steps.”

The awards “celebrate the vital contributi­ons of councillor­s that so often go unrecognis­ed”; and are described as “a hugely important way to champion what councillor­s do for their communitie­s”. Almost 100 nomination­s were received, with 27 councillor­s shortliste­d across six categories.

LGIU chief executive Jonathan Carrwest said: “This shortlist showcases the best of local government, and the last year has reminded us of the effort and lengths to which councillor­s go to support their citizens.”

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