Labour chooses Argyll and Bute election candidate

Mary Galbraith (front, wearing purple cardigan) has been selected as Labour's candidate for Argyll and Bute in the 2015 UK general election.
Mary Galbraith (front, wearing purple cardigan) has been selected as Labour's candidate for Argyll and Bute in the 2015 UK general election.

Labour has become the first party to announce its Argyll and Bute candidate for the 2015 UK general election.

Mary Galbraith’s selection by the local party, from a shortlist of three female candidates, was announced at a hustings meeting in Inveraray on September 7 and confirmed by the party’s Scottish executive committee a week later.

Born in Campbeltown and educated in Kintyre, Ms Galbraith was Labour’s Argyll and Bute candidate in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, when she came last in a four-way fight, with 4,148 votes.

“I’m both delighted and honoured that local Labour members have put their trust in me,” Ms Galbraith said.

“Being Argyll born and bred, and having campaigned all my life on issues that matter so much here, it’s such a privilege to be given this chance to represent Argyll and Bute in Parliament.

“People locally tell me they feel so betrayed by the Lib Dems. Now we have the opportunity to show the voters that I have the strength and experience to be a powerful voice for the needs of people across the whole area”

Rothesay resident Beryl Burnett, a Labour party stalwart, said: “All three candidates were a credit to the Labour Party and were clearly passionate about their commitment to the area.

“Mary won it on the day and now has the full backing of Labour members and supporters across Argyll and Bute. I look forward to campaigning with her on Bute very soon.”

Ms Galbraith has a degree in economics and German and has worked as an economist, managed community services for the former Argyll and Clyde health board and now works in business and IT across Europe.

She also fought the marginal East Dunbartonshire seat at the 2010 general election, finishing second with 16,367 votes behind the Liberal Democrats’ Jo Swinson.