Published: 16/11/2013 07:41 - Updated: 16/11/2013 08:36

Black Isle by-election heats up with SNP candidate staking her claim

Jackie Hendry is the SNP's choice to fight the Black Isle by-election.
Jackie Hendry is the SNP's choice to fight the Black Isle by-election.

ANOTHER candidate has thrown her hat in the ring for next month's Highland Council by-election on the Black Isle.

Jackie Hendry, whose husband Drew is leader of the Highland Council, has been selected following a postal ballot of SNP members.

Mrs Hendry, a keen campaigner for Scottish independence, says pushing for a swimming pool on the Black Isle, would be amongst her top local priorities.

She thanked fellow SNP members for their confidence in her and pledged to continue her work championing community issues on the Black Isle, where she lives with her family.

Mrs Hendry is Women's Officer for the Dingwall and Black Isle branch of the SNP and has been involved in several local campaigns and parents' groups.

She said: "The Black Isle is our home. I live and work here and all our children have gone to school here.  

"We need to work hard to get the right facilities to make sure that our children have the best possible start and that our young people have the best access to jobs and training.  

"We must ensure that families can stay connected and that our older people are given the right support."

The candidate is also secretary of her local Parents' Council and a keen 'Yes' campaign activist.  

She added: "Our SNP-led council has protected community services and I shall continue to work with SNP councillor Craig Fraser to push for a swimming pool on the Black Isle and protect local facilities such as the mobile libraries."

Branch convenor Andrew Graeme said: "We are extremely happy to have such a capable candidate and the branch will be out in force, helping her to campaign."

The by-election, which will be held on December 19, was called following the sudden death of Councillor Billy Barclay, in October.

Scottish labour have named their candidate as 18-year-old Shaun Finlayson, who lives in Avoch.

The Black Isle ward is one of 22 wards within the Highland area and the electorate is 8,455.

The Highland Council is made up of 80 elected members. The current representation is Independent 32, SNP 21, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour eight, Independent Nationalist one, Non-aligned two with one vacancy for the Landward Caithness ward and one vacancy for the Black Isle ward.

The Black Isle ward has three other sitting councillors: Isobel McCallum (Independent), David Alston (Scottish Liberal Democrat) and Craig Fraser (SNP).

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