Crichton selected

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Donald Crichton, from Swordale, Point, has been selected as the prospective Labour Party candidate for the Western Isles for the next Scottish Parliament elections in May 2011.

Mr Crichton who is 40 was selected on Tuesday evening from a field of five candidates by the members of the local party following a selection process which involved hustings meetings in Uist and Stornoway. 

Speaking after his selection Mr Crichton said: “It is an honour to be selected and carry the Labour Party banner into the election. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore and debate the issues that will shape our future over the next four years and give the people of the Western Isles a real choice on who will give them strong representation and leadership in the Scottish Parliament.”

“As a party we must regain the trust and confidence of the electorate.  We must convince the people of the Western Isles that we have the best ideas when it comes to the economy, transportation, health, education, the public services, crofting and fisheries.”   

He continued: “Over the next few months I will be traveling the length and breadth of the Western Isles speaking about those issues.  This will be a doorstep election campaign and I want to meet as many people as I can.   I hope that the coming election campaign can be about the policies and issues that the people of the Western Isles care about.  Elections are about and for the people.”Mr Crichton who is an Area Manager for the Scottish Health Council is involved in various community organisations.  He is an elected member of the Stornoway Trust and Point Community Council.   He is also Chairman of Urras Eaglais Na H- Aoidhe and a board member of Third Sector Hebrides.

On leaving school he served his apprenticeship as a joiner in Stornoway and Glasgow before going to Stirling University.

He contested the Ross, Skye and Inverness West seat for the Labour Party in the 2001 general election.