SNP local candidates for Scottish Parliament have been selected

Gil Paterson and Rona Mackay
Gil Paterson and Rona Mackay

Members of the SNP have selected their candidates to stand in East and West Dunbartonshire in next year’s Holyrood election.

Milngavie and Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson has been nominated for re-election in Milngavie, Bearsden North and Clydebank.

Rona Mackay, the wife of East Dunbartonshire Councillor and SNP group leader Ian Mackay, who is currently Gil’s Parliamentary Assistant, was chosen to stand in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency, which incorporates Bearsden South, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Torrance, Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden’s current MSP Fiona McCleod is standing down next year.

Gil Paterson was elected as the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency MSP in 2011, beating Labour’s Des McNulty, and ending 88 years of Labour rule.

He said: “I am extremely honoured and delighted to have been selected to stand for the SNP in this constituency again. I will do my utmost to retain the seat and to increase our majority.”

Rona Mackay, who is married to the SNP group leader on East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “I am thrilled to have been chosen to fight the seat in Strathkelvin and Bearsden and with a strong campaign team raring to go, I am certain we can hold this seat for the SNP.”