Labour unveil Dalkeith election candidates

Cllr. Margot Russell and Stephen Curran, Labour's candidates for the Dalkeith ward at the 2017 Midlothian Council elections.

Cllr. Margot Russell and Stephen Curran, Labour's candidates for the Dalkeith ward at the 2017 Midlothian Council elections.

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Labour has announced its two candidates to stand in the Dalkeith ward at next year’s council elections.

Seeking your vote will be Stephen Curran and sitting councillor Margot Russell.

Mr Curran said: “Midlothian has always been my home, with most of my time being spent residing in Danderhall where I stayed until the age of 25. I was a pupil at Danderhall Primary School and Dalkeith High School, thereafter spending two years studying Business and IT at Jewel & Esk Valley College.

“I am now a self-employed taxi driver based in Dalkeith, but have spent most of my working life in the public sector, most recently employed for 11 years with Police Scotland (legacy L&B Police) as an operations co-ordinator.

“I think my experiences in both work and life have equipped me with the skills to represent the people of Dalkeith and Danderhall and I look forward to the possibility of working with residents, community groups and local businesses.”

He is married with two daughters and lives in Dalkeith. His hobbies include golf, bowls and IT (graphic and web design, app development) as well as digital inclusion (or reducing digital exclusion).

Councillor Russell added: “I become involved in politics following the 1984/85 strike and have worked for former MP Eric Clarke and former MSP Rhona Brankin.

“I became a councillor in 1999 and have represented the Dalkeith Ward in the 2007 and 2012 elections.

“I sit on various council committees and am involved in other community-based organisations. I am chair of Midlothian Advice and Resource Centre, treasurer for Midlothian Voluntary Action and secretary/treasurer Dalkeith Old People’s Welfare Hall. I am also involved with the Annual Dalkeith Festival Committee, and the Dalkeith Xmas Lighting Ceremony.

“I have recently campaigned against the sale of legal highs and gathered a 600-signed petition after protesting outside the local shop and along with others, presented it to the present MP. I have also be involved with petitions against the closure of the Dalkeith toilets and for the reinstatement of the Midlothian Community Action Team.

“I run a small charity, named Bill Russell Woodburn Youth Project, after my late husband Bill Russell, who was also a councillor for the then Woodburn ward. This is aimed at proving a safe environment for young people to meet with their peers to enjoy computers and snooker.”