Fochabers/Lhanbryde councillor Sean Morton has been selected to stand as the Labour candidate in the UK General Election next year.
Councillor Morton was a pupil at Milne’s High School before studying international politics at Stirling University – it was while attending Stirling that he joined the Labour Party.
He returned to Fochabers in 2009 and continued his studies towards a masters degree in History at Aberdeen University. He was elected to Moray Council in 2012 while earlier this year he was elected to the national policy forum for the Scottish Labour Party.
Speaking after his selection as the Labour candidate in the 2015 election he said: “I am honoured to have been chosen by my party to fight for Labour in Moray in 2015.
“Having represented my home patch for a few years in the council, I know how people are struggling around Moray. They are desperate for change because they are being badly let down by two governments.
“The Tories put the wealthy few first and the SNP put separation first. We need someone to put Moray first and help build a Britain for the millions, not the millionaires.”
Local Labour party chairman Sandy Keith said he was “delighted” that Sean Morton was to be their candidate, adding: “I am looking forward to taking Labour’s message to the people of Moray in support of Sean’s campaign.
“He is a proven campaigner and is dedicated to working hard for the people of Moray. He has a strong message too – vote No to separation in September and then vote Labour for change in 2015.”
Kieron Green fought the Moray constituency for Labour at the general election in 2010, finishing in third place with 7007 votes behind Scottish Conservative candidate Douglas Ross (10,683) and the SNP’s Angus Robertson, who won the seat with 16,273 votes.
Moray Labour are the first local party to declare their candidate for the 2015 election.