Five candidates to contest Glenrothes council by-election

Glenrothes West and Kinglassie residents going to the polls
Glenrothes West and Kinglassie residents going to the polls

People in the west of Glenrothes and surrounding communities will go to the polls on Thursday, March 26 to chose a new councillor for the ward.

The application process closed on Monday evening and it has been announced that five candidates will contest the Ward 14 Glenrothes West and Kinglassie seat.

Seeking election will be candidates Martin Green (UK Independence Party), Jane Ann Liston (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Alan Seath (Scottish Labour Party), Craig Walker (Scottish National Party) and John Wheatley (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party).

The by-election has been called following the death of Labour councillor Betty Campbell who passed away on January 15.

The popular 76-year-old had held the seat since being elected in May 2007.

Initially there was a suggestion that the election would take place on May 7, the same day as the Westminster general election, for convenience despite the ruling that a by-election would need to be conducted within the statutory three month period.

The process to select a new councillor is expected to be a fiercely contested one, Mrs Campbell’s death has left the influential Glenrothes Area Committee currently tied with five councillors for both the ruling Labour administration and the opposition SNP party. A win for either party would tip the balance of power.