11 Sep 2015

Congratulations Marion Donaldson

Edinburgh Labour secured one of the two By-Election vacancies in yesterday's Leith Walk Ward poll ... many congratulations to Marion Donaldson; and also to Lewis Ritchie (of the SNP) who secured the first-spot. We're now looking forward to working with both Lewis and Marion, as part of the Capital Coalition.

The relevant News Release is re-produced below, and the link(s) therein contain more detail on the result for those so interested ...

... needless to say, we're delighted with the result and Marion's victory is indeed very well-deserved: We've rarely seen a local candidate work so consistently and tirelessly throughout a campaign - she'll be an excellent local Councillor.

Leith Walk Ward By-Election results announced

The Leith Walk By-Election results have been announced at Waverley Court.
The announcement was made on Friday, 11 September 2015 by Returning Officer for Edinburgh, Andrew Kerr.
Two new Councillors have been elected to the ward following the election, which is the first time the Single Transferable Vote system has been used to select two members.
The following two candidates have been duly elected to serve in the City of Edinburgh Council as members for the Leith Walk Ward:
Marion Donaldson, Scottish Labour Party
John Lewis Ritchie, Scottish National Party (SNP)
Returning Officer, Andrew Kerr, said: “I would like to welcome the two newest Councillors to the City of Edinburgh Council and look forward to working with them on matters affecting the Leith Walk Ward and the city as a whole.
“I also want to thank our elections team for all the work they have put into ensuring this by-election runs smoothly.”

The turnout for the by-election was 25.1%.

For further details of the results and the Leith Walk By-Election, please see the Elections section of the Council website.

7 Jul 2015

Edinburgh Labour Selects Candidate for Leith Walk By-Election on 10th September

News from Edinburgh Labour
Immediate Release Tuesday 7th July 2015

Edinburgh Labour Selects Candidate for Leith Walk By-Election

Marion Donaldson has been selected as the Scottish Labour Party candidate for the upcoming City of Edinburgh Council by-election in the Leith Walk ward on Thursday 10th September 2015.

Marion is a team leader for a local Food Bank and a member of the Leith Central Community Council. She lives in Leith Walk Ward with her husband and children. Marion said:

"I have witnessed first hand the issues that affect our community, I know what has made a difference and what still needs to be done. People with very little money are having their dignity removed by the so-called sanctionsbrought in by the Tory government.  These have a severe and personal impact on the poorest families and the poorest children. Its these families local food banks try and help."

"If elected, I will work tirelessly to represent the people of our area and to help continue the positive work we have seen from the Labour-led Council."

"Over the past three years, Labour-led Edinburgh Council has protected services, doubled investment in roads and pavements, provided record support to get young people into employment and helped the lowest paid by introducing the Living Wage, at £7.50 per hour, for all Council employees."

Edinburgh City Council leader, Andrew Burns said:

"I am delighted Marion has been selected as our candidate for the upcoming by-election. I believe she would be an outstanding representative for the people of Leith Walk and would be an asset within the Chambers as we continue to try to work with local residents to act on the priorities for their area."


The official campaign launch will take place on Saturday 11th July at Northern and Leiths Campaign Headquarters,  180  Easter Road at 4pm. 


6 Jun 2015

Edinburgh Labour conference event

It's Saturday morning, after a busy week ---

--- so must be time for an @EdinburghLabour weekend conference event!

.. living life in the fast-lane ;-)

8 May 2015

Elections 2015

Count over - we've had better nights!

--- before some sleep; commiserations to:
@marklazarowicz @SheilaGilmoreMP @henderson_ricky @cllrcammyday

--- & many congratulations to:
@IanMurrayMP @DeidreBrock @TommySheppard @joannaccherry @MichelleThomson

7 May 2015

VOTE TODAY - vote Labour!

Polls Open from 7am to 10pm