Saturday, 29 August 2015

SNP re-select Kenneth Gibson in Cunninghame North

Kenneth Gibson has been re-selected to contest the Cunninghame North seat for the SNP at the Scottish Parliament Election in May 2016.

Mr Gibson was the sole-nominee for the candidacy at a meeting of the party’s Constituency Association in Ardrossan.

Now living in Kilbirnie, the current MSP for the local seat grew-up in Glasgow and previously served as an SNP councillor for the Mosspark ward on Glasgow City Council.  In 1999 Mr Gibson was elected to the first Scottish Parliament as MSP for Glasgow Region.

After losing his seat at the 2003 election, Kenneth Gibson returned to parliament four years later, winning the Cunninghame North constituency for the SNP by beating Labour’s Allan Wilson.  The SNP’s winning majority of 48 was the smallest in Scotland.

At the next Scottish Parliament Election, in 2011, the SNP secured a landslide victory across Scotland, with Kenneth Gibson increasing the party’s majority in Cunninghame North to 6,117. 

In addition to representing constituents, Mr Gibson currently serves as Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee.

Polls predict the SNP is likely to record another landslide victory at next year’s Scottish Parliament Election, with Kenneth Gibson odds-on favourite to retain Cunninghame North for the party.

At this year’s UK Parliament Election, Mr Gibson’s wife, Patricia, won the broadly-equivalent seat of North Ayrshire & Arran for the SNP, unseating Labour’s Katy Clark and securing a majority of 13,573.

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