Labour and SNP unveil Bo’ness election candidates

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The SNP and Labour have unveiled the teams who will fight it out in the battle for the Falkirk Council administration in the May 4 election for the Bo’ness and Blackness wards.

The Nationalists have selected two candidates seeking change at the council administration in newcomer Alan Gilbert and Ann Ritchie, who has been a councillor since 2009.

Mr Gilbert is a passionate community activist who has demonstrated that he is keen to support and become involved in local community projects. He said: “For too long, the administration at Falkirk Council led by a coalition of Labour and the Tories have failed to deliver for our communities. That’s why I and my SNP colleagues believe it’s time for change at Falkirk Council.”

Mrs Ritchie said: “Serving as a local councillor since 2009 has been an honour. As a councillor I have always strived to be as open and accessible, holding regular surgeries and helping local people with a significant range of issues.”

The Labour candidates hoping to secure the votes for the area are new candidates David Aitchison and Michael Burnett.

Mr Aitchison also has a passion for community spirit and Mr Burnett is a local youth football coach.

A Labour spokesperson said: “In May, voters in Falkirk face a choice between electing Labour candidates who will stand against cuts to local services and will oppose a second referendum that will further divide our communities.”

“We have a healthy mixture of new and experienced candidates to fight in the nine wards.

Falkirk Labour will be putting forward a positive message to invest in local services like the doubling of breakfast clubs and extra teacher support staff that the Labour-run Falkirk Council announced last month and we will continue our ambitious programme that has seen tourism numbers increase by 41 per cent with a planned £2bn future investment.”