David named as candidate for by-election

labour-davidaitchison300dpiSCOTTISH Labour has picked its candidate for the forthcoming Bo’ness and Blackness By-Election.

David Aitchison (43), pictured right, of Douglas Place, Bo’ness, will represent the party in the June 9 poll.

The by-election follows the death of SNP Councillor John Constable.

David works as a day centre officer for West Lothian Council in Livingston, supporting adults with physical and learning disabilities.

He said this week: “Throughout my working life, I’ve tried to help people. If elected, I’ll work hard for the community and stand up for them within Falkirk Council.”

He added: “There have been improvements to Bo’ness and Blackness in recent years, but there’s still a lot to do. We need to attract new businesses to the area and also provide the right support for our young people to get the best start in life.

“I hope people will consider voting for me – and give me the chance to serve them as their new councillor.”

Dallas McCormack, the chair of the Bo’ness branch of the Labour Party, said: “David is a very able young man, who is popular in Bo’ness.

“We’re very lucky to have him as our candidate for this by-election. It would be great to see him working with our existing Labour Councillor, Adrian Mahoney, to represents the interests of the people of Bo’ness and Blackness.”

Councillor Mahoney said: “David has lived in Bo’ness all his life. He supports Bo’ness United and used to referee local juvenile games. He’s also passionate about the area and it’s potential. In his professional life, he acts an advocate for vulnerable people – ensuring their voice is heard. It’s excellent training for someone who wants to be a local councillor. I wish him every success in the forthcoming by-election.”

The winner of the by-election will join Councillor Mahoney and Councillor Ann Ritchie to represent the whole of Bo’ness and Blackness, in the three-seat multi-member ward.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. on June 9. The vote will be conducted using the STV (single transferrable vote system). Voters will be asked to rank candidates in order, putting 1 beside their first choice, and so on.

Applications to vote by post in the by-election MUST reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Hillside House, Laurelhill, Stirling FK7 9QJ by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 24 May 2011. Applications for proxy votes close by 5 p.m. on June 1.

For advice on postal or proxy voting, contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01786 892289.

Full details on the election are available online at www.falkirk.gov.uk

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