A prominent former Labour councillor has written an open letter to voters calling on them to back SNP candidate Peter Grant in next month’s general election.
Fiona Purdon, who served Glenrothes as part of Labour’s administration on two occasions, said she feels the party has “lost its way” as well as having “forgotten its roots and let down those who needed help the most”.
We must put our people at the centre of politics and build a society based on fairness and justice for all.Fiona Purdon
She said her decision took a “great deal of soul searching” and the day after the independence referendum she resigned from the party claiming “it no longer existed under the socialist philosophy that I firmly believe in”.
As a director of the town’s YMCA for 17 years and in her current role as chairman of the Glenrothes Foodbank, Mrs Purdon said the despair, suffering and stress that she has witnessed on a daily basis was unacceptable in a modern democracy and laid the blame at austerity measures implemented by the Westminster government as responsible for hitting the most vulnerable people hardest.
“Scotland needs a strong voice in Westminster,” Mrs Purdon added.
“We must put our people at the centre of politics and build a society based on fairness and justice for all.
“These are some of the reasons I campaigned under Labour for Independence in September.”
Having endorsed Mr Grant’s candidate application Mrs Purdon said: “I have known Peter for more than 20 years and have always known him to be a man of integrity.
“He puts people first, has a strong set of moral values and stands for equality and fairness.”
The endorsement has been welcomed by Mr Grant.
He told the Gazette: “I’m delighted to have the backing of Fiona. She has been part of the heart and soul of Glenrothes for over three decades.
“In that time she has campaigned for social justice and consistently worked with, and for, those most need in our community”
“Right across the constituency we have had a huge number of former Labour voters coming to the SNP for the first time.
“They tell us that they feel Labour deserted them.
“In the SNP we welcome their support and will not take it for granted.”