Scotland politics

Cowdenbeath by-election: SNP selects Natalie McGarry as candidate

The SNP has named Natalie McGarry as its candidate to contest the Cowdenbeath by-election on 23 January.

The by-election for the Scottish Parliament is taking place due to the death of Labour MSP Helen Eadie.

Ms McGarry, 32, currently works as a policy adviser in a third sector organisation.

She said her priority if elected would be to serve as "a strong local voice" in the Scottish Parliament.

Ms McGarry, 32, was born and brought up in Inverkeithing and studied law at the University of Aberdeen.

She has worked in Human Resources and as a community officer for unemployed parents. She is also a co-founder of Women for Independence.

She said: "There is so much at stake in this by-election - almost immediately after the new MSP takes their seat, parliament will be voting on the budget to protect the people's policies - the council tax freeze, the bus pass, free personal care for older citizens and much, much more.

"I will be proud to vote for these policies, and will be proud to stand on the Scottish government's record of achievement."

Labour have selected Fife Council leader Alex Rowley as their candidate and the Scottish Conservatives have chosen Fife councillor Dave Dempsey.

The Liberal Democrats expect to announce their candidate within the next week.

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