Grangemouth councillor named as Labour candidate for Falkirk East seat

A Grangemouth councillor will be the Labour Party's candidate for Falkirk East in the Scottish Parliament elections.

Allyson Black

Allyson Black, who has been a councillor for 13 years and was formerly depute provost, was selected at an online meeting of constituency members recently.

A former nurse and social care worker, Ms Black has also been a carer for family members most of her adult life.

She told members: “I live in this area and care passionately about its people and its welfare.

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"Our area needs someone who knows its issues, who will at every opportunity lobby and campaign to have our area’s significance to the national economy recognised in a way that supports the community as well as industry."

Ms Black also said that she opposes SNP attempts to turn the election result into a mandate for independence.

She said: “This election offers two choices - a needless vote on the constitution or a vote to invest in our health and social care service, for economic recovery and for creating jobs by investing in public services, care and transport.

“We will run a positive campaign based on what we will do at Holyrood not what the SNP haven’t done.

"When Labour was in power one of our proudest achievements was reducing child poverty - now child poverty and in-work poverty is back to its highest level in decades.

"The best way out is creating employment for all - nationalising transport and energy, among other actions, would create real opportunities for increasing the number of jobs.”

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