Falkirk councillor selected for Holyrood election fight

Councillor Craig R Martin
Councillor Craig R Martin

A councillor will contest the Falkirk East seat for Labour at next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.

Dr Craig Martin, who has represented Falkirk North for the last eight years, beat off six other candidates to receive the constituency party nomination.

Speaking after his selection on Sunday, he said: “I am honoured and delighted to be chosen by members of the local party to fight the Falkirk East seat. “I promise an energetic and positive campaign to show what improvements a Labour-run Scotland will deliver.”

Born and raised in Carronshore, the father-of-two went to Larbert High School before studying chemistry at the University of Glasgow, receiving his PhD in 2011.

Margaret Doran, chairperson of Falkirk East Constituency Labour Party, said: “There is no doubt that the road back for the Labour Party will be difficult but I am confident that with Craig as our candidate this can be achieved.”