Former Labour councillor launches his Independent bid

FOCHABERS/LHANBRYDE COUNCILLOR Sean Morton has pledged to continue serving his constituents in the ‘challenging times ahead’ if he is re-elected.

Councillor Morton was elected as a Labour representative in 2012 – but will contest his place in the council as an Independent candidate at the May 4 election.

He has launched his campaign today with a new video in which he pledges to remain on the side of local people, pointing to his successes over the last five years – including a leading role in saving the landmark Fochabers Institute.

As well as the Institute campaign, the video lists stopping the closure of Milne’s high and leading the local No campaign to a shock victory as achievements he is proud to have played a part in – and he pledged to carry on the battle to save the famous Tenant Arms in Lhanbryde.

Councillor Morton said: “I’m standing for the same reasons I stood five years ago. This community knows me. You know my story. I’m standing to have your back because you have always had mine – my whole life.

“There is no doubt that these are challenging times. For me, for you, for the council. But we will all rise to the challenge together.”

Recalling his first job as a paper boy delivering the Midweek Extra, Fochabers-raised Morton said he still had that same drive and determination to get things done for the local area. He argues that he gets things done because he has always put people first in the council chamber and has very often voted across party lines to make a difference.

He said: “If we work together we can rise to the challenge together – and if you’re on my side on Election Day, I’ll be on your side for the next four years.”

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Councillor Morton’s video can be viewed on his Social Media page.