SNP choose candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East ward at UK general election

Stuart pictured with MSP Fiona McLeod
Stuart pictured with MSP Fiona McLeod

SNP members have selected their candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency at the UK general election in May.

He is Milton of Campsie man and former Yes Scotland staff member Stuart McDonald.

Stuart grew up and still lives in Milton of Campsie, after spells in Edinburgh and Kirkintilloch.

He attended Kilsyth Academy and practised as a solicitor for eight years before working at the Scottish Parliament and then as part of the Yes Scotland HQ team.

Mr McDonald said: “After the massive public engagement in this area during the independence referendum, people don’t want to see the Westminster parties just settle back down to business as usual. Politics in Scotland has changed for good.

“So whether people voted Yes or No, and no matter what party they have previously voted for, our message is that only a strong team of SNP MPs will stand up for the interests of the people of Scotland at Westminster - and ensure we obtain the meaningful new powers we need to tackle low pay and poverty, protect public services and create more and better jobs”.

He added: “It is a huge honour to be selected as the SNP candidate for my home turf and I am very much looking forward to meeting with as many local people as I can over the coming months.

“For example, it’s already been made clear how concerned our communities are at any possibility of fracking in the area – and I can say for sure that I will always stand shoulder to shoulder with local groups opposing proposals for unconventional gas extraction in this constituency”.

Fiona McLeod MSP said: “I’m delighted the party has selected Stuart as our candidate.

“People in this area want an MP who will engage with them, and who will stand up for them and for Scotland – and I know that’s exactly what Stuart will do.

“I look forward to working with him and forming a strong SNP team for the people of Kirkintilloch and the villages.”