Grangemouth-born candidate following her mum’s footsteps

Cara Hilton
Cara Hilton

The daughter of former Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie could be about to follow in her mother’s footsteps.

Grangemouth-born Cara Hilton (38) has been selected by Scottish Labour as their candidate to fight for votes in the by-election for Dunfermline on October 24. The former Grangemouth High School pupil is looking to fill the void in the Scottish Parliament left by disgraced politician Bill Walker.

Proud mum Cathy served as a Labour MSP from 1999 to 2011, famously singing at the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

She said: “Cara wanted a Labour Party membership for her 15th birthday. I don’t know about her following in her mum’s footsteps, but she has always been very political and I will be fighting in her corner every step of the way.”

Cara, a councillor at Fife Council, defeated fellow councillor Lesley Laird and solicitor Fiona Yates in a ballot of party members earlier this week.

She said: “I look forward to the campaign ahead and to speaking to thousands of local people who are so desperate for an MSP who will move us on from the disgrace of Bill Walker and who will fight for what we need here in Dunfermline.

“I hope that people put their trust in me. I won’t let them down.”

Mr Walker, who had been elected in 2011, resigned his seat earlier this month after being convicted of 23 domestic abuse charges.

Cara, who called on the SNP to apologise for ever selecting Mr Walker, will be up 
against SNP candidate
 Shirley-Anne Somerville, the current director of communities for the Yes Scotland campaign for Scottish Independence.