The SNP Dunfermline Constituency Association has tonight selected Shirley-Anne Somerville as the party’s candidate for the forthcoming by-election on Thursday 24th of October.
Ms Somerville, 39, was selected from a shortleet of two, the other potential candidate was Fife councillor Karen Marjoram.
Ms Somerville, who was an SNP MSP for Lothians between 2007-2011, was brought up and schooled in Kirkcaldy, and lives with her husband and young family in North Queensferry, Fife.
Speaking after the selection meeting in Dunfermline, Shirley-Anne Somerville said:
“I am honoured to be chosen as the SNP candidate for Dunfermline, and if elected pledge to be a strong local voice in the Scottish Parliament.
“Should I become be the new MSP for Dunfermline, I will vote to protect the people’s policies – the Council Tax freeze, free personal care for older citizens, no tuition fees for young Scots, free bus travel for the over-60s, and no bridge tolls across the Forth.
“Labour, Tory and Lib Dems all voted against the Budget which delivers these vital services that people in Dunfermline need and value – therefore, only a vote for the SNP in the by-election guarantees the people’s policies.
“The weekend Panelbase poll in the Sunday Times – which showed there is all to play for in the independence referendum – also put SNP support at the same exceptionally high level of 45 per cent as in our 2011 election landslide – and Labour at the same low level they slumped to. I plan to speak to as many people in Dunfermline as possible over the next five weeks, and the SNP will be working extremely hard to win.”