St Andrews Scottish Labour councillor, Brian Thomson, has decided to not stand at the forthcoming local council elections. Elected in 2012, Councillor Thomson is the first Scottish Labour councillor to have represented St Andrews or any other ward in North East Fife.
Scottish Labour have confirmed that local resident Rosalind Garton will stand for the party in St Andrews at the local council elections on 5th May.
Councillor Thomson said: “It’s been an eventful ten years and, whilst I still really enjoy the work of a councillor, it’s become increasingly challenging to juggle the role of being a councillor and having a full-time job. It’s been an honour and a privilege to represent the town in which I was born and brought up and, whilst I’ll miss playing a role in trying to get things done for the town and its residents, it’s the right time to stand down. Rosalind has all the credentials needed to be an excellent councillor and has my full support, and I wish her and all of the candidates all the best at the local council elections on 5th May.”
Rosalind Garton said: “Brian has a strong record of delivering for St Andrews, including the new Madras College, more access to affordable housing, the Bins-off-Streets Policy to tidy up the town centre, and the upgrading of the beautiful Lade Braes. I hope to have the opportunity to build on his work and, having lived and worked in the St Andrews area for over 40 years – and run my own business – I’m fully aware of its special qualities and the needs of its residents and businesses.”
Picture: Cllr Brian Thomson (right), Rosalind Garton (left)