Four candidates in the running for Denny and Banknock by-election

Denny and Banknock voters go to the polls on Thursday, August 13
Denny and Banknock voters go to the polls on Thursday, August 13

The four candidates competiting for votes in next month’s Denny and Banknock council by-election have been confirmed.

They will each be hoping win a seat previously held by John McNally of the SNP, who resigned his local authority position when he was elected as MP for the Falkirk constituency in May’s General Election.

I believe Green politics could make a real difference to people’s lives in Denny and Banknock

Green candidate Brian Capaloff

As previously reported in The Falkirk Herald, the SNP have selected radio engineer Paul Garner (47), from Denny, to contest the by-election on Thursday, August 13.

Scottish Labour have chosen Andy Bell (30), an unemployed chef from Larbert, as their candidate.

Originally from Plean, Mr Bell has family connections in Denny.

“I am a family man and this has given me strong values that I feel I can transfer into the role of councillor, be protective of each other and having everyone’s best interested at heart,” he said.

“I want to make Denny a better place for all who live there I will be a voice for everyone in the ward.”

The Scottish Greens have selected Brian Capaloff, who is aiming to become the party’s first Falkirk councillor.

Mr Capaloff, from Falkirk, is a board member of the charity Street Sense, and is employed by LinkLiving.

He said: “I’m standing for Denny and Banknock as I believe that Green politics could make a real difference to people’s lives here. While working and campaigning on issues like housing, supporting people in the community and on employment, I would also work to ensure that Falkirk says a big ‘no’ to a fracking industry which could cause major harm to our communities.”

Banknock resident David Grant is standing as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate.

To be able to vote in the by-election, eligible residents must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday, July 27. Applications for postal votes must be with the Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on Tuesday, July 28.