The SNP is fielding over 600 candidates in this year’ council elections, it was revealed today – almost 50% more than in 2007, when 437 stood. With nominations closing at 4pm on Thursday SNP candidates have been confirmed in every local authority – including, for the first time, in Shetland and Orkney.
The SNP’s soaring membership has given the party a much wider pool of talent from which to select candidates, who come from as far afield as Australia and the Philippines. The candidates also come from across the age spectrum – the youngest is just 18 years and 1 month, and the oldest – Clackmannanshire’s former Provost – is aged 79 years and 6 months.
SNP local government campaign director Derek Mackay MSP outlined how these elections offer a chance to make Scotland better.
Mr Mackay said:
“The elections on May 3 are about local jobs and local services and who will take the important decisions that shape how communities develop over the next five years.
“The SNP enters the campaign with a strong record, a powerful vision for a better Scotland and growing support across our nation.
“With a record number of SNP candidates standing, voters all over Scotland will have the option of electing a strong team of effective SNP local councillors and SNP councils that will work to build recovery, support families and improve and protect local services.
“Despite the unprecedented cuts in public spending, the SNP government has protected council budgets and that means we can do more for communities.
“We’ve shown what can be achieved with an SNP government nationally and we can do the same with SNP councils working together to deliver stronger, safer and fairer communities.”