SNP unveils team to fight council election

SNP candidates Left to Right : Colin Reid, Rod Campbell MSP, Keith McCartney, Karen Marjoram, Cllr David Mac Diarmid, John Docherty, Bill Connor
SNP candidates Left to Right : Colin Reid, Rod Campbell MSP, Keith McCartney, Karen Marjoram, Cllr David Mac Diarmid, John Docherty, Bill Connor
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The Scottish National Party has unveiled the candidates who will stand in North East Fife at May’s Fife Council elections.

The six candidates, one of whom is already a serving councillor, were named at a launch event held in Cupar on Saturday.

Launching the party’s local election campaign, North East Fife branch convener Colin Reid said: “The people of Scotland showed their confidence in the SNP last year by electing more Scottish National Party candidates than ever before to the Scottish Parliament and we hope that at the local council elections the people of Fife will do the same.”

Mr Reid, who is standing in the Howe of Fife and Tay Coast ward, runs his own health and safety consultancy.

He has over 20 years of experience in the hotel, conference and exhibition industry, and has served on two community councils in recent years.

Standing for re-election in Howe and Tay Coast is David MacDiarmid.

Mr MacDiarmid has lived in Falkland for 20 years, andis proud of his family’s historic links to the area.

Karen Marjoram is standing for election in the Cupar ward.

She has worked in police forensics for 22 years and is currently responsible for quality management in the Scottish Police Services Authority.

Karen has been a Unison steward for 10 years.

John Docherty is standing in the East Neuk ward.

Educated at Madras College and Dundee University, Mr Docherty is a trained nurse working in palliative care at St Andrews Community Hospital.

He is also an equality and diversity co-ordinator for NHS Fife.

Standing for election in Tay Bridgehead ward is Newport-born Bill Connor.

Educated at Tayport Primary School and Madras College in St Andrews, Mr Connor served in the Royal Navy for 12 years before following a career in banking, specialising in IT systems.

Now retired, he is a member of Tayport Community Trust.

Keith McCartney is the SNP candidate for St Andrews.

Formerly a principal teacher at Waid Academy before retiring in 2009, he served on St Andrews Community Council for 11 years, five as chairman.

Mr McCartney was formerly a trustee of St Andrews Preservation Trust and a member of the East Sands Leisure Centre management committee.

North East Fife MSP, Rod Campbell, said: “I am delighted that we have such an excellent group of candidates standing.

“They would bring a great deal of talent, experience and commitment to Fife Council if elected by their communities to serve.”