Labour select candidate for 2015 General Election


Barry Black has been chosen to contest the West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine seat for the Scottish Labour Party in the 2015 General Election.

At a Labour Party meeting last Thursday, members voted for him to be their parliamentary candidate for the Westminster elections.

Along with being a member of the Labour Party, Mr Black is a community campaigner and previously led the Aberdeen City Youth Council.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been selected by local members to fight West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine in 2015.”

“In 2012 we elected our first two Labour councillors in Aberdeenshire and last month’s European elections we increased our vote share.

“I want to build on that and work with our local councilors and MSPs.”

Mr Black will face stiff competition from the incumbent Member of Parliament for the seat, Sir Robert Smith, who has decided to stand again .

However, political analysts have predicted huge losses for Lib Dems across the nation next year.

So far, the Conservatives have chosen their candidate in local businessman Alexander Burnett after holding an open primary in March.

The SNP have yet to choose their candidate.

The West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine seat has been held by Liberal Democrat MP, Sir Robert, since its inception in the 1997 General Election.