Ruth to challenge for SNP Cunninghame South candidacy
North Ayrshire councillor Ruth Maguire is to seek the SNP nomination for the Cunninghame South constituency, which includes Stevenston.
Mrs Maguire is hoping to replace the current MSP, Margaret Burgess, who has announced she will stand-down at the Scottish Parliament Election in May 2016.
Presently, Ruth Maguire represents Irvine West on North Ayrshire Council, having been elected in 2012. In addition, she is the SNP Cabinet Member for Finance & Corporate Support, and NAC’s Youth Champion.
Announcing her decision to seek the SNP nomination for Cunninghame South, Cllr Maguire said, “Our current MSP, Margaret Burgess, has been an excellent elected representative and worked tirelessly for the area. If selected, then elected, I will strive to live up to the example she has set and ensure people here continue to have a hard-working SNP MSP representing them in Holyrood.”
With Margaret Burgess choosing to stand-down from parliament, local SNP activists are now beginning the process of selecting a candidate to contest next year’s election. Mrs Burgess, also the SNP Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, won the Cunninghame South seat from Labour in 2011 with a majority of 2,384.
At the recent UK Parliament Election, the SNP’s Philippa Whitford swept to victory over Labour’s Brian Donohoe in the broadly-equivalent seat of Central Ayrshire, securing a majority of 13,589.
The Labour Party has chosen Kilwinning councillor Joe Cullinane as its Cunninghame South candidate for next year’s Scottish Parliament Election.