The SNP Cowdenbeath Constituency Association has today (Sunday) selected Natalie McGarry to contest the Cowdenbeath Scottish Parliamentary By-election, due to be held on January 23rd.
Ms McGarry, 32, was the sole nominee on the shortleet, and was unanimously backed by local party members.
Born and brought up in Inverkeithing, Ms McGarry studied Law at the University of Aberdeen. She has since worked in Human Resources, as a community officer for unemployed parents, and is currently a policy adviser in a third sector organisation.
Ms McGarry is also a co-founder of Women for Independence, and a regular media contributor to the independence debate - both on television and in her newspaper columns.
Speaking after her selection, Ms McGarry said her priority if she was elected would be to serve as a strong local voice in the Scottish Parliament.
Ms McGarry said:
"I am delighted to be given the opportunity to stand for election to represent the Cowdenbeath constituency. Helen Eadie was a much-loved and hard-working MSP who always put her constituents first, and if elected as her successor that is exactly what I will strive to do.
"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.
"But equally my Labour opponent is standing on a record of deeply damaging cuts and charges introduced by the council administration he leads, and he has a lot of explaining to do to the people across the constituency.
"Over the next few weeks I'll be out speaking to as many people as possible, and I am very much looking forward to the campaign."