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Candidates line up to contest council seats

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben  | Tags:

AN ex police officer, a university student and mum-of-three are among five hopefuls standing for election to represent Lockerbie, Moffat, Lochmaben and surrounding areas.

STEPPING DOWN . . . after five years as an Annandale North Councillor Peter Diggle has chosen not to stand for re-election

The five hopefuls are vying for just four Annandale North ward seats in next month’s Dumfries and Galloway Council elections.

Hoping to be re-elected forathird term is the ward’s current longest serving councillor, Gail Macgregor.

The conservative politician was first elected in 2007 and reelected in 2012.

The SNP’s Stephen Thompson is also up for reelection, having served the ward since 2012. And former police officer Douglas Fairbairn, who wonaby-election seat in 2016, is also looking to reclaim his seat on May 4.

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour’s Adam Wilson is also in the running. Lochmaben native Adam, 21, previously ran in the 2016 by-election for Ananndale North for Labour and hopes to be elected this time round.

Also contesting the seat is the Liberal Democrats’ Lisa Hall.

But current councillor Peter Diggle, who successfully stood as a Tory candidate in 2012, has chosen not to vie for re-election.

Discussing his move, the Lochmaben man said: “It’s been an interesting five years, some of which I have enjoyed.

“I started full of good intentions but the political and bureaucratic nature of the council eventually wears you down and stifles the ability to achieve your goals.

“Having said that, I have enjoyed helping local people solve some genuine problems.”

He added: “I will continue to campaign in favour of the Union as I am sure that Nicola Sturgeon wouldn’t like to see Dumfries and Galloway taken out of the United Kingdom against its will.

“I wish the new council well, in whatever form it takes, and that it manages to improve the lives of the people of Dumfries and Galloway in these difficult times.”

And elsewhere in the region, Moffat local Syliva Moffat is standing as an SNP candidate for Annandale East and Eskdale, which covers areas such as Gretna and Langholm. Candidates will be selected on Thursday May 4.

Look out for candidate profiles on all five hopefuls, set to appear soon in the Moffat News and Annandale Herald.

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