SNP hold on to Kirkcaldy east Council seat

Marie Penman
Marie Penman

Marie Penman has been announced as the new councillor for Kirkcaldy east ward.

Marie, (47) a lecturer at Fife College, received 1460 of the votes winning by 372.

She said: “I want to represent people who are not represented properly at present. People in poorer part of east Kirkcaldy feel ignored and disenfranchised.

“I feel these people have the right to be heard.

“People should feel that they can contact me and I am the type of person who will stay on top of communication; I will always return calls that is part of my job.”

Marie then joked about not being an invisible councillor, saying: “I certainly live closer than Austria!”

She thanked all those who voted and particularly her campaign team who she said had been fantastic.

“A lot of people who campaigned for me in the referendum,” she said. “Stayed in touch after September and came out and knocked on doors and handed out flyers in all weathers. This is not an individual victory, but a huge team effort.”

Congratulating Marie on her win, David Torrance Kirkcaldy MSP said: “It was excellent result for us. The council ward already had two Labour councillors and were favourite to win it. It shows that the SNP are making progress and they will have an excellent councillor in Marie, who will work hard for the local community.”