Nats choose candidates for May election

Michelle Thomson
Michelle Thomson

Linlithgow councillor Martyn Day has won the Scottish National Party nomination for the Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency in the forthcoming General Election.

Now he is looking forward to giving sitting MP Michael Connarty a run for his money at a time when the Nats are resurgent and tipped to win many seats at the expense of Labour come the May election.

Martyn Day will stand for the SNP in East Falkirk

Martyn Day will stand for the SNP in East Falkirk

Martin said: “I am absolutely delighted that local members have put their trust in me to be the SNP’s candidate in May.

“I’m looking forward to taking the SNP’s positive message to the people of the Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency.

“Local Labour MP Michael Connarty was elected by the people of our constituency to stand up to the Tories – instead he has shamefully spent the last few years working shoulder-to-shoulder with them.

“People deserve an MP who’ll always stand up for their interests and who’ll never vote to continue the economic failure of Tory austerity, like Labour and Lib-Dem MPs did just a few weeks ago.

“If I’m elected in May, I will always stand up for local people and will fight tooth and nail against austerity, unfair Westminster policies like the Bedroom Tax and the moral and economic obscenity of spending £100 billion on Trident renewal.”

The Scottish National Party has selected Michelle Thomson to fight the Edinburgh West seat in May’s general election.

Michelle grew up in Bearsden, Glasgow, and started life as a professional pianist before moving to Edinburgh in 1990 where she worked for Standard Life as an IT project manager.

After 23 years in various senior roles in financial services, she now runs her own small property management company and spent the last two years as managing director of Business for Scotland.

Michelle spoke at more than 90 events and debates the length and breadth of Scotland during the lead up to the Independence referendum.

She has a broad range of life experience from working in Edinburgh West.

She said: “Bringing up my family here means that I can communicate with all the people in this constituency – this will be essential to win this seat.

“It could mean talking to young families about how changes to benefits are affecting them or to disaffected Liberal Democrats to explain why the proposals of the Smith Commission cannot deliver what we need or to pensioners about the complexities of the UK pensions system.”