Labour announces candidates

labourrose-icon.jpgTHE Labour Party has announced its candidates for Bo’ness and Blackness for the forthcoming Falkirk Council election. Ken Wright (50), of Links Road, and Adrian Mahoney (38), of Craigallan Park, both Bo’ness, will stand in the May 3 poll. They are aiming to win two of the three councillor places in the new Bo’ness and Blackness “multi-member ward”.

Ken is the secretary of the local branch of the party and a former member of Bo’ness Community Council. A guest lecturer at the University of Birmingham, he was previously head of sales and marketing for Hitachi in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He has a strong interest in local history and promoting the town to visitors.

Adrian is the chairman of the heritage group The Friends of Kinneil and a current member of Bo’ness Community Council. He is the former chief reporter of The Falkirk Herald, and now runs an award-winning PR firm in Bo’ness. In 2005, one of his campaigns was praised by First Minister Jack McConnell.

Ken said: “As the Journal and Gazette columns can testify, I’ve been active in local politics for many years and am committed to working for the best interests of the community. Many people in Bo’ness feel it’s time for change and I hope they can give me their support. Labour wants to attract more businesses into the town and to fully develop the potential of the proposed marina. Another issue is lack of affordable housing for local people.”

Adrian added: “As a journalist, I spent a decade raising issues on behalf of the public and I relish the opportunity to serve as a local councillor. As someone who’s lived in Bo’ness all my life, I’m very proud of the area and want to see it prosper. But I also want local people to be listened to in the corridors of power. I’m particularly keen to see improvements in public transport and extra support for small businesses. I also think we need to fully exploit the potential for tourism in Bo’ness and Blackness.”

Former Bo’ness Provost Charlie Snedden said: “I’m delighted that Ken and Adrian have been selected as Labour candidates in the forthcoming election. These capable individuals have shown a great commitment to their community and to speak up for it. They will serve the area well and deserve the opportunity to do so.”

The area’s Labour MSP Cathy Peattie added: “I am looking forward to working with Adrian and Ken as part of a Labour team for this area. Their election would deliver more constructive and positive local representation for the people of Bo’ness and Blackness.”

This year’s council elections will see major changes for local people.

The four wards that currently cover Bo’ness and Blackness will disappear, to be replaced by one “multi-member” ward. Residents will be able to elect three councillors to cover this one ward using a new form of proportional representation called single transferable vote. This system asks voters to rank candidates in order of preference (1, 2, 3 and so on) rather than by making a single choice with a cross (X).

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