Banffshire and Buchan Labour Party has selected its candidate for the Troup by-election on November 27.
Scottish Labour has chosen Alan Duffill - a court and family lawyer and partner in a local law firm - to contest the seat, which fell vacant following the death of Councillor John Duncan.
Commenting on his selection, Alan said: “I am delighted at having been selected. Local politics is about striving to do the best and representing everyone. Weeks ago I was round doors urging a No vote; but it’s time to move on and focus on bringing Scotland back together.”
“I want the best for Troup ward. I would like to represent this area 100% and to fight for improved local council services and better communities. The by-election, caused by the sad death of well-respected serving Councillor John Duncan, will hopefully give me the opportunity to do just that.”
“It seems like the governance of Scotland has been on pause for the last 3 years while the focus has been on breaking us up. The Scottish Government have pretended we needed Independence to make Scotland work when they should have been working with local councils to help improve services.”
“My focus will be on meeting people and hearing what the local community want for the local area. There are major issues that affect us such as wind turbines, childcare, adult day care, local transport links and issues to do with fair wages and economic regeneration. I look forward to speaking with people and also using the boost in local Labour membership, following on from the referendum, to campaign with others on these issues in the weeks ahead”
Labour Group Leader on Aberdeenshire Council, Councillor Alison Evison said:-“Alan is an excellent candidate who will listen to his local community and stand up for its interests. His background and experience make him ideally suited to represent Troup residents.”
Alan has stayed in Banff and then Macduff for 15 of the last 17 years. He previously worked from 1999 to 2001 as Parliamentary Researcher to Dr Elaine Murray MSP. He stood for Scottish Labour in Banffshire and Buchan Coast in 2011 and for the Troup ward in the 2012 local elections.