New Kirkcaldy MP Roger looks forward to challenge

Newly elected Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Roger Mullin is congratulated by his wife Barbara. Pic: FPA
Newly elected Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Roger Mullin is congratulated by his wife Barbara. Pic: FPA

Roger Mullin, Kirkcaldy’s new MP, comes across as someone totally in control of his emotions.

But he could not hide the joy on his face when the result of the votes for the General Election were read out last Thursday night.

His face broke into a broad grin as he discovered he had taken Gordon Brown’s old throne in what had been a Labour stronghold for over eight decades, wiping out the largest majority in Scotland.

And he did it with an almost 10,000 vote margin.

As the celebrations started, he heaped most of the praise on his campaign team rather than himself, but there could be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the SNP ran a fantastic campaign in Kirkcaldy.

This week, after a few days of contemplation on just what had been achieved, Roger told the Press he was looking forward to the challenges of the coming months.

“I managed two hours’ sleep following my election as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, and awoke to find a number of constituency and national requests already waiting for me. It has been non-stop since.

“I flew down to London early on Monday morning, and it has been extremely busy time arranging many of the practicalities of becoming an MP and holding a series of meetings.

“Shortly after writing this, we have an SNP Group meeting to choose our Parliamentary leader and other key posts, as we get down to work straight way.

“It is very clear that, being the third party down here, we will actually be the main effective opposition, as the Labour Party continues its descent into recriminations and in-fighting. Not a pretty sight.

“But my main focus has been ensuring I get the resources as quickly as possible to establish a professional constituency service for everyone. That is what my expenses will be devoted to. Not for any personal gain, but to spend in the constituency in providing a truly professional service.

“It will take a little time, but the wheels are already in motion and I am looking forward to returning to Scotland towards the end of the week and starting to support the people here in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.”