Lib Dems unveil Midlothian candidates

Lib Dem Scottish leader Willie Rennie with the party's three council election candidates Sheila Thacker, George Boyd and Les Thacker
Lib Dem Scottish leader Willie Rennie with the party's three council election candidates Sheila Thacker, George Boyd and Les Thacker

The three Liberal Democrats seeking election at May’s council elections were revealed at the party’s South of Scotland conference in Penicuik recently.

Scottish Leader Willie Rennie welcomed councillor Les Thacker and fellow candidates George Boyd and Sheila Thacker. Councillor Thacker, who has lived in the area for 35 years, is seeking to be re-elected to represent Midlothian West. He said: “I shall continue to press for improvements both in the environment, but also for the amenities within these communities. I shall also do my very best to stand up for the rights of all the constituents in Midlothian West.”

Formerly in the Royal Navy, George Boyd (50) was brought up in Dalkeith and Danderhall. He continues to live in Midlothian with his wife and son. He was a union representative for the Communication Workers’ Union while working for the Royal Mail. He will contest the Dalkeith ward.

Sheila Thacker has lived in the Penicuik area for 33 years and is a former Midlothian councillor. She is a member of Penicuik and District Community Council, chairman of Midothian Sure Start and secretary of Penicuik/L’Isle sur la Sorgue Twinning Committee. If elected to represent the Penicuik ward, Mrs Thacker said she would campaign for an “equitable solution” to maintaining the independence of both Beeslack and Penicuik High Schools, and would support the regeneration of Penicuik town centre. The council elections take place on Thursday May 3. The closing date for nominations is Thursday, March 29.