SNP formally ‘adopt’ Cumbernauld #GE2015 contender

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 10:07 on 8 March 2015

Politics    SNP    General Election

Stuart (left) with Julie Hepburn and John Swinney MSP. Picture: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP/ Facebook.

THE Scottish National Party has formally adopted its candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, at a special ceilidh fundraiser, earlier this week.

36-year-old Stuart McDonald, the SNP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East and the party’s contender to incumbent MP, Gregg McClymont is likely to step up his campaign with the formal adoption out of the way.

Brought up in Milton of Campsie, within the constituency of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Stuart is a solicitor by trade, though he has been involved in campaigning throughout the constituency for some 20 years.

Working as a solicitor for several years before going on to work at the Scottish Parliament, and then taking up a full time post in Yes Scotland HQ during the referendum, he now works for a Glasgow-based charity, though he has hopes of putting ‘MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East’ on his CV after the election in May.

Joined by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, John Swinney MSP and Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Mr McDonald was officially adopted a special evening on Friday (6 March) night.

Taking to social media after the evening, Cumbernauld South SNP Councillor and Chair of the Cumbernauld SNP branch Willie Goldie described the event as “fantastic”.

He added: “We have an excellent candidate, a great support team and the results on the doorstep indicate that we have a real chance of taking Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East. 

“Against us we have all three of the established UK parties, UKIP and most of the mainstream media. I have no doubt that if we could get our message across at every doorstep that we would be able to confirm the Ashcroft poll predictions.”

Yesterday marked two months’ exactly until the General Election, on May 7th.