Cumbernauld’s MSP endorsed by party as 2016 candidate

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

Published at 21:15 on 16 July 2015

Politics    SNP

Hepburn was endorsed at an SNP meeting, earlier this month. Picture: Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP/ Facebook.

JAMIE Hepburn MSP, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s incumbent SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament has spoken of his ‘delight’ at being formally endorsed by the local SNP branch ahead of next year’s Holyrood election.

At a recent meeting of Cumbernauld’s Scottish National Party branch, Mr Hepburn was formally endorsed by fellow members, meaning that the SNP man will go forward as the party’s candidate for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency, in next year’s Holyrood elections.

The endorsement of Mr Hepburn was unanimous and now means that he will fight to retain his constituency seat at the Scottish Parliament elections, in May 2016.

Commenting after the SNP meeting, the area’s MSP said: “I was delighted to receive the endorsement of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP tonight to go forward as their candidate for the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016.”

He added: “It has been a huge privilege to serve this constituency since 2011, and before that as a list MSP for Central Scotland. 

“There is a lot of hard work ahead but I hope that I have shown the people of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth that I am worthy of their support once more in May.”

Mr Hepburn was elected as the SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth back in May 2011, when he won the seat from Labour’s Cathie Craigie, with a 3,459 majority. 

Now the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Mr Hepburn originally joined the SNP aged 18 and became active in the party's student wing. 

During his time as a student he was involved in the campaigns to elect Ian Hamilton and Alasdair Gray as rector of Glasgow University, serving as Senior Vice President of Glasgow University Students' Representative Council and as convenor of the SNP student wing.

Serving as convener of the SNP youth wing and as secretary of the SNP's Glasgow Regional Association, the SNP man was Election Agent to Alex Dingwall, SNP candidate in Glasgow Maryhill at the 2001 general election.

In 2003, Jamie stood as an SNP council candidate for the Firhill ward in Glasgow, and stood once more as the SNP’s candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East seat at the 2005 Westminster election.

He has worked variously as a doorman at the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow, as a data processor at Scottish Power and as a research assistant for Alex Neil MSP.

Recent opinion polling suggests that the Scottish Nationalists will retain control of the Scottish Parliament, with suggestions that the party might even increase its majority.

In polling by TNS BMRB, released earlier this week, it was found that 60% of those who gave a preference said they would be supporting the SNP in the constituency ballot in next year's Holyrood election. 51% said they would be supporting the SNP in the regional vote too.