A councillor will contest the Falkirk East seat for Labour at next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.
Dr Craig Martin, who has represented Falkirk North for the last eight years, beat off six other candidates to receive the constituency party nomination for the ward that includes Bo’ness and Blackness.
Speaking after his selection, he said: “I am honoured and delighted to be chosen by members of the local party to fight the Falkirk East seat. I promise an energetic and positive campaign to show what improvements a Labour-run Scotland will deliver.”
The father-of-two went to Larbert High School before studying chemistry at the University of Glasgow, receiving his PhD in 2011.
Margaret Doran, chairwoman of Falkirk East Constituency Labour Party, said: “There is no doubt that the road back for the Labour Party will be difficult, but I am confident that with Craig as our candidate this can be achieved.
“Craig will be the local fresh face that the party needs. He is passionate about creating jobs, reducing poverty and improving the life chances of all Scotland’s people regardless of their income and the quality of our environment. Alongside his expertise in the chemical industry, he is also a hard-working councillor.”